[[t]spe̱kjʊlətɪv, AM -leɪt-[/t]]
1) ADJ-GRADED A piece of information that is speculative is based on guesses rather than knowledge.

The papers ran speculative stories about the mysterious disappearance of Eddie Donagan...

He has written a speculative biography of Christopher Marlowe.

2) ADJ-GRADED Someone who has a speculative expression seems to be trying to guess something about a person or thing.

His mother regarded him with a speculative eye.

Derived words:
speculatively ADV-GRADED ADV with v

I caught her eyes on me speculatively. I imagined she was wondering about my relationship with Max.

3) ADJ Speculative is used to describe activities which involve buying goods or shares, or buildings and properties in the hope of being able to sell them again at a higher price and make a profit.

Thousands of pensioners were persuaded to mortgage their homes to invest in speculative bonds...

The King's Reach hotel was built as a speculative venture but never completed.

English dictionary. 2008.

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