Definition of speculative adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈspekjələtɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈspekjələtɪv//
    , also NAmE//ˈspekjəleɪtɪv//
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  1. 1based on guessing or on opinions that have been formed without knowing all the facts The report is highly speculative and should be ignored.
  2. 2showing that you are trying to guess something She cast a speculative look at Kate.
  3. 3(of business activity) done in the hope of making a profit but involving the risk of losing money speculative investment
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French speculatif, -ive or late Latin speculativus, from the verb speculari, from specula ‘watchtower’, from specere ‘to look’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: speculative