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See also: spéculation



From Middle English speculacioun, speculation, from Old French speculation (compare French spéculation), from Late Latin speculātiō, speculātiōnem, from Latin speculor. Morphologically speculate +‎ -ion


  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌspɛk.jəˈleɪ.ʃən/
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: spec‧u‧la‧tion


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speculation (countable and uncountable, plural speculations)

  1. (obsolete) The faculty of sight.
  2. (obsolete) An act of looking at something; examination, observation.
    • 1792, Charlotte Smith, Desmond, Broadview 2001, p. 115:
      [T]he expression of exultation and content on their animated faces, is one of my most delicious speculations.
  3. The process of thinking or meditating on a subject.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book IX”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: [] [Samuel Simmons], [], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: [], London: Basil Montagu Pickering [], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
      Thenceforth to speculations high or deep I turned my thoughts.
    • 2012, Caroline Davies, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announce they are expecting first baby (in The Guardian, 3 December 2012)[1]
      The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have ended months of intense speculation by announcing they are expecting their first child, but were forced to share their news earlier than hoped because of the Duchess's admission to hospital on Monday.
  4. (philosophy) The act or process of reasoning a priori from premises given or assumed.
  5. A conclusion to which the mind comes by speculating; mere theory; notion; conjecture.
  6. (business, finance) An investment involving higher-than-normal risk in order to obtain a higher-than-normal return.
  7. The act or practice of buying land, goods, shares, etc., in expectation of selling at a higher price, or of selling with the expectation of repurchasing at a lower price; a trading on anticipated fluctuations in price, as distinguished from trading in which the profit expected is the difference between the retail and wholesale prices, or the difference of price in different markets.
    • 1776, Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations
      Sudden fortunes, indeed, are sometimes made in such places, by what is called the trade of speculation.
    • 1883, Francis Amasa Walker, Political Economy
      Speculation, while confined within moderate limits, is the agent for equalizing supply and demand, and rendering the fluctuations of price less sudden and abrupt than they would otherwise be.
  8. A card game in which the players buy from one another trumps or whole hands, upon a chance of getting the highest trump dealt, which entitles the holder to the pool of stakes.
  9. (programming) The process of anticipating which branch of code will be chosen and executing it in advance.


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