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SPECULATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does speculation mean? 

SPECULATION (noun)
  The noun SPECULATION has 4 senses:

1. a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence
2. a hypothesis that has been formed by speculating or conjecturing (usually with little hard evidence)
3. an investment that is very risky but could yield great profits
4. continuous and profound contemplation or musing on a subject or series of subjects of a deep or abstruse nature

  Familiarity information: SPECULATION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SPECULATION (noun)


Sense 1speculation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

supposition; speculation; surmise; guess; surmisal; conjecture; hypothesis

Hypernyms ("speculation" is a kind of...):

opinion; view (a message expressing a belief about something; the expression of a belief that is held with confidence but not substantiated by positive knowledge or proof)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "speculation"):

divination (successful conjecture by unusual insight or good luck)


Sense 2speculation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A hypothesis that has been formed by speculating or conjecturing (usually with little hard evidence)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

conjecture; speculation

Context examples:

speculations about the outcome of the election / he dismissed it as mere conjecture

Hypernyms ("speculation" is a kind of...):

hypothesis; possibility; theory (a tentative theory about the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena)


Sense 3speculation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An investment that is very risky but could yield great profits

Classified under:

Nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession

Synonyms:

venture; speculation

Context example:

he knew the stock was a speculation when he bought it

Hypernyms ("speculation" is a kind of...):

investment; investment funds (money that is invested with an expectation of profit)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "speculation"):

gamble (money that is risked for possible monetary gain)

smart money (money bet or invested by experienced gamblers or investors (especially if they have inside information))

pyramid ((stock market) a series of transactions in which the speculator increases his holdings by using the rising market value of those holdings as margin for further purchases)


Sense 4speculation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Continuous and profound contemplation or musing on a subject or series of subjects of a deep or abstruse nature

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

meditation; speculation

Context example:

the habit of meditation is the basis for all real knowledge

Hypernyms ("speculation" is a kind of...):

contemplation; musing; reflection; reflexion; rumination; thoughtfulness (a calm lengthy intent consideration)


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