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English definition of “speculative”

speculative

adjective uk   /ˈspek.jʊ.lə.tɪv/ us    /-t̬ɪv/

speculative adjective (GUESS)

based on a guess and not on information: The article was dismissed as highly speculative.Guesses and assumptions

speculative adjective (TRADE)

bought or done in order to make a profit in the future: The office block was built as a speculative venture.Financial investments and the stock marketProfits and losses
speculatively
adverb uk   /-li/ us    /-t̬ɪv-/
Guesses and assumptionsFinancial investments and the stock marketProfits and losses
(Definition of speculative from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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