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Definition 1: a hypothesis that has been formed by speculating or conjecturing (usually with little hard evidence) - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where speculation or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • speculations about the outcome of the election
  • he dismissed it as mere conjecture

Synonyms for speculation in the sense of this definition

(speculation is a kind of ...) a tentative insight into the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena

"a scientific hypothesis that survives experimental testing becomes a scientific theory" "he proposed a fresh theory of alkalis that later was accepted in chemical practices"

Definition 2: continuous and profound contemplation or musing on a subject or series of subjects of a deep or abstruse nature - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where speculation or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the habit of meditation is the basis for all real knowledge

Synonyms for speculation in the sense of this definition

(speculation is a kind of ...) a calm, lengthy, intent consideration

Definition 3: a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for speculation in the sense of this definition

(speculation is a kind of ...) a message expressing a belief about something; the expression of a belief that is held with confidence but not substantiated by positive knowledge or proof

"his opinions appeared frequently on the editorial page"

(... is a kind of speculation ) successful conjecture by unusual insight or good luck

Definition 4: an investment that is very risky but could yield great profits - [noun denoting possession]

Samples where speculation or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he knew the stock was a speculation when he bought it

Synonyms for speculation in the sense of this definition

(speculation is a kind of ...) money that is invested with an expectation of profit

(... is a kind of speculation ) money that is risked for possible monetary gain

(... is a kind of speculation ) money bet or invested by experienced gamblers or investors (especially if they have inside information)

(... is a kind of speculation ) (stock market) a series of transactions in which the speculator increases his holdings by using the rising market value of those holdings as margin for further purchases

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