Definition of speculative in English:

speculative

adjective

  • 1Engaged in, expressing, or based on conjecture rather than knowledge.

    ‘he gave her a speculative glance’
    • ‘Concerns about widespread inaccuracies in online health information are speculative and intuitive rather than based on robust research.’
    • ‘They are entirely guesswork, speculative and based on unsound mathematics designed to promote the private healthcare system.’
    • ‘Atwood uses the term speculative fiction rather than science fiction.’
    • ‘When I did no more than dumbly blink back he straightened and gave me a rather speculative look before finally breaking into a slow smirk.’
    • ‘The defendant says the elements of the loss must be established with reasonable certainty, and must not be speculative or conjectural.’
    • ‘Some of their conclusions are empirically based; others are speculative but quite reasonable.’
    • ‘He knew his tacit non-response would prompt all sorts of speculative conjecture.’
    • ‘The potential outcome is obviously speculative and up for conjecture, but there is usually evidence to support one side or another.’
    • ‘Again and again the historian is confronted by absence, gaps and empty spaces which only speculative conjecture can fill.’
    • ‘Such reasons should be empirically based and not just speculative.’
    • ‘First Lord Peter gave him a speculative glance.’
    • ‘She slid a speculative glance at her boyfriend.’
    • ‘He gave Julien a speculative glance and then grinned.’
    • ‘Shooting her a speculative glance, he rested his elbow on the desk and rubbed his chin thoughtfully.’
    • ‘The account is based primarily on observations; but it is also speculative, relying to some extent on theoretical considerations.’
    • ‘This is clearly an example of highly speculative and incomplete theoretical explanations getting way ahead of all the available evidence.’
    • ‘This notion is speculative and demands further research.’
    • ‘A number of entries also contain assertions that are unfounded or highly speculative.’
    • ‘Much of my book is speculative and meant to be suggestive rather than definitive.’
    • ‘With a smile, Danielle glances at Ian before returning her speculative gaze to Daphne.’
    conjectural, suppositional, theoretical, hypothetical, based on guesswork, putative, academic, notional, abstract
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  • 2(of an investment) involving a high risk of loss.

    ‘the bonuses cannot be put at risk due to some speculative investment’
    • ‘Regulators fear that informal lending is fueling speculative investment in real estate and other sectors.’
    • ‘Investment is highly speculative, in that bankable reserves have not yet been identified.’
    • ‘A senior banker who did not wish to be named said there was no need to impose any additional controls on loans for speculative investments as would be needed for other kinds of investment.’
    • ‘However, it should be said that even at these low valuations they are still quite speculative investments.’
    • ‘That could perhaps explain why I allocated as much as 80% of my portfolio to more speculative investments in my earlier investing days.’
    • ‘The speculative investment of $2,000 yielded over $90,000 in endowed scholarships within just a few years.’
    • ‘A great deal of the demand and supply of international currencies, however, is not for trade but for investment, often speculative investment.’
    • ‘The ensuing pattern of highly speculative investment led to the savings-and-loan scandal of the 1980s.’
    • ‘The small shareholders will be hoping to turn around the fortunes of a speculative investment that so many have come to bitterly regret.’
    • ‘However, this has not deterred rampant speculative investment, which has worsened energy shortages further.’
    • ‘Unit trust investments must not be speculative.’
    • ‘In most cases, this is highly speculative investing, and anyone looking to trade futures should really do his or her homework.’
    • ‘He said pure biotech investment tended to be more speculative and returns took longer and were not guaranteed.’
    • ‘I feel that any investment in retail is highly speculative, simply because any business where cash changes hands repeatedly is high risk.’
    • ‘The shares closed last week at around $10 and analysts have a speculative buy on the stock due to the high risks associated with the company and a price target of $19.’
    • ‘For one thing, the increase in speculative buying and more exotic loan packages raise the risk of volatility in the mortgage market if yields turn higher quickly.’
    • ‘Sixth, what on earth are they doing investing in a buyout fund - one of the most speculative punts you can have on the financial markets?’
    • ‘Some of it has to do with speculative investing in those markets, which I never anticipated several years ago would happen.’
    • ‘Historically, common stocks have been regarded to be too speculative for most small investors.’
    • ‘And some believe that recent price rises partly reflect an increase in speculative trading in oil, as investors look for quick returns by buying and selling oil futures.’
    risky, hazardous, unsafe, uncertain, unpredictable
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    1. 2.1(of a business venture) undertaken on the chance of success, without a pre-existing contract.
      ‘he was involved in speculative building’
      • ‘‘The days of ITspending on speculative ventures is gone,’ he said.’
      • ‘This enabled them to invest in major infrastructure projects as well as more speculative ventures.’
      • ‘You too should stick with the well-worn franchise instead of the speculative venture.’
      • ‘Many loss-making speculative ventures raised money on the public markets.’
      • ‘If you want to win then you need to look at more speculative ventures.’
      • ‘He said the financial adviser had told both women he was investing their money wisely, but used it to try to solve his own credit card debts and financial problems, or lost it on speculative ventures.’
      • ‘It was a speculative venture that flopped spectacularly, with the company finally going into liquidation in 1913.’
      • ‘They equate ‘radical’ with high-risk, ill-conceived, and highly speculative projects.’
      • ‘Five of the units were speculative projects which would be readily available for companies seeking new premises in the area.’
      • ‘Interestingly, the current difficulties which the market is experiencing are not deterring developers in Limerick from undertaking speculative schemes.’
      • ‘Dowling said the scheme was one of the ‘largest and most ambitious speculative schemes undertaken in the city’.’
      • ‘Another speculative building is on the drawing board for Westside Industrial Park.’
      • ‘Anderson said construction could start with two speculative buildings.’
      • ‘This is due to an easing in demand and will lead to a fall in speculative building.’
      • ‘We sympathise with people who have difficulty finding tenants but speculative building is still a risky business.’
      • ‘They are seizing the initiative, investigating speculative projects as a satisfying approach to their profession.’
      • ‘After the London Institution he moved into speculative building, progressing from Highbury villas to Bloomsbury and Belgravia.’
      • ‘Issues inevitably haunt the category of speculative residential building.’
      • ‘The building is the second of six speculative office blocks to be let at the park - the South Western Area Health Board has already agreed a lease on an adjoining building.’
      • ‘It is a pity that they should wish to finance this by selling land for speculative building development to the detriment of our environment.’

Pronunciation

speculative

/ˈspɛkjʊlətɪv/