Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “speculative”

See all translations

speculative

adjective
 
 
/ˈspekjələtɪv/
based on a guess and not on information: The idea that a merger of this kind would ever take place is purely speculative. highly/overly speculative
FINANCE done in order to make a profit even though there is risk that you may lose money: We should remember that a sign of the end of the first bubble was a large number of highly speculative transactions. Company shares advanced 6p to 34p on speculative buying. News of the sale led to considerable speculative activity on the exchange.
FINANCE a speculative investor is willing to accept a high level of risk in the hope of making a profit: This stock should only be considered by the speculative investor.
(Definition of speculative from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of speculative?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “speculative” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

illusion

an idea or belief that is not true

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

showrooming noun

February 23, 2015
the activity of examining a product in a physical store and then making the purchase with an online retailer Amazon’s new smartphone is specifically designed to make showrooming fast and easy.

Read More