Speculation - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˌspekjuˈleɪʃn|  American pronunciation of the word speculation
Brit.  |ˌspɛkjʊˈleɪʃn|  British pronunciation of the word speculation

noun

- a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence (syn: conjecture, guess, hypothesis, supposition, surmisal, surmise)
- a hypothesis that has been formed by speculating or conjecturing (usually with little hard evidence)(syn: conjecture)

speculations about the outcome of the election

- an investment that is very risky but could yield great profits(syn: venture)

he knew the stock was a speculation when he bought it

- continuous and profound contemplation or musing on a subject or series of subjects of a deep or abstruse nature (syn: meditation)

Examples

He dismissed their theories as mere speculation.

The book is just a lot of idle speculation about the future.

Her speculations leave many questions unanswered.

He lost everything in foolish land speculation.

There was speculation that a treaty would be signed.

There was some lessening of speculation in stocks of oil companies.

speculations about the outcome of the election

he knew the stock was a speculation when he bought it

There has been a lot of idle speculation about what might happen, but no one really knows.

Speculation about who would be fired ran rife for weeks.

He dismissed the report as speculation.

His words on marriage have prompted a flurry of speculation in the press.

It was with difficulty that he was induced to stoop from speculation to practice.

Speculation has been bubbling away for months that he plans to resign.

a sweeping generalization based on speculation

Word forms

noun
singular: speculation
plural: speculations
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