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Definition 1: showing curiosity - [adjective satellite denoting all]

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

  • if someone saw a man climbing a light post they might get inquisitive
  • raised a speculative eyebrow

Synonyms for speculative in the sense of this definition

(speculative is similar to ...) eager to investigate and learn or learn more (sometimes about others' concerns)

"a curious child is a teacher's delight" "a trap door that made me curious" "curious investigators" "traffic was slowed by curious rubberneckers" "curious about the neighbor's doings"

Definition 2: not based on fact or investigation - [adjective satellite denoting all]

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

  • a notional figure of cost helps in determining production costs
  • speculative knowledge

Synonyms for speculative in the sense of this definition

(speculative is similar to ...) concerned primarily with theories or hypotheses rather than practical considerations

"theoretical science"

Definition 3: not financially safe or secure - [adjective satellite denoting all]

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

  • a bad investment
  • high risk investments
  • anything that promises to pay too much can't help being risky
  • speculative business enterprises

Synonyms for speculative in the sense of this definition

(speculative is similar to ...) not sound financially

"unsound banking practices"

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