Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, characterized by, or based upon contemplative speculation. See Synonyms at theoretical.
  • adj. Given to conjecture or speculation.
  • adj. Marked by inquisitive interest: raised a speculative eyebrow.
  • adj. Engaging in, given to, or involving financial speculation: speculative brokers; speculative stocks.
  • adj. Spent in speculation: speculative funds.
  • adj. Involving chance; risky: speculative business enterprises.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Characterized by speculation; based on guessing or unfounded opinions.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Given to speculation; contemplative.
  • adj. Involving, or formed by, speculation; ideal; theoretical; not established by demonstration.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to vision; also, prying; inquisitive; curious.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to speculation in land, goods, shares, etc..
  • adj. More risky than typical investments; not investment grade.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or affording vision or outlook: a meaning influenced by Latin specula, ‘a watch-tower.’
  • Given to speculation; contemplative; theoretical.
  • Purely scientific; having knowledge as its end; theoretical: opposed to practical; also (limiting a noun denoting a person and signifying his opinions or character), in theory, and not, or not merely, in practice; also, cognitive; intellectual.
  • Inferential; known by reasoning, and not by direct experience: opposed to intuitive; also, improperly, purely a priori.
  • Pertaining or given to speculation in trade; engaged in speculation, or precarious ventures for the chance of large profits; of the nature of financial speculation: as, a speculative trader; speculative investments or business.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. showing curiosity
  • adj. not financially safe or secure
  • adj. not based on fact or investigation

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  • "For this reason, in the medieval period, logic comes to be called a "speculative art" or, with grammar and rhetoric, a liberal art." - Great Ideas I, p.800

    July 24, 2012

  • "For this reason, in the medieval period, logic comes to be called a "speculative art" or, with grammar and rhetoric, a liberal art." - Great Ideas I, p.800

    July 24, 2012

  • Speculative fiction and counterfactual fiction are sometimes used as alternatives to science fiction and sci-fi.

    July 9, 2007