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Meaning of “speculative” in the English Dictionary

"speculative" in British English

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speculativeadjective

uk   /ˈspek.jʊ.lə.tɪv/  us   /-t̬ɪv/
  • speculative adjective (TRADE)

bought or done in ​order to make a ​profit in the ​future: The ​officeblock was ​built as a speculative ​venture.
speculatively
adverb uk   /-li/  us   /-t̬ɪv-/
(Definition of speculative from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"speculative" in American English

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speculativeadjective

 us   /ˈspek·jə·lə·t̬ɪv/
  • speculative adjective (DONE FOR PROFIT)

bought or done in ​order to make a ​profit in the ​future: a speculative ​venture
  • speculative adjective (BASED ON GUESS)

based on a ​guess and not on ​information: Our ​forecast for next ​year is speculative.
(Definition of speculative from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"speculative" in Business English

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speculativeadjective

uk   us   /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 ​profiteven though there is ​risk that you may ​losemoney: We should remember that a ​sign of the end of the first ​bubble was a large ​number of highly speculativetransactions. Company ​sharesadvanced 6p to 34p on speculative ​buying. News of the ​saleled 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)
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