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speculation

noun

1 speculation

A message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence.

synonyms: conjecture, guess, hypothesis, supposition, surmisal, surmise.

Roget 156: chance, indetermination, accident, fortune, hazard, hap, haphazard, chance medley, random, luck, raccroc, casualty, contingence, adventure, ... show more

Roget 441: vision, sight, optics, eyesight.    view, look, espial, glance, ken [Scot.], coup d'oeil [Fr.]; glimpse, glint, peep; gaze, ... show more

Roget 463: experiment; essay etc. (attempt) 675; analysis etc. (investigation) 461; screen; trial, tentative method, t=atonnement.    verification, ... show more

Roget 514: supposition, assumption, assumed position, postulation, condition, presupposition, hypothesis, blue sky hypothesis, postulate, postulatum [Lat.], theory; thesis, theorem; ... show more

Roget 794: barter, exchange, scorse, truck system; interchange etc. 148.    a Roland for an Oliver; quid pro quo; commutation, composition; Indian gift [U.S.].    trade, commerce, ... show more

Roget 799a: stock market, stock exchange, securities exchange; bourse, board; the big board, the New York Stock Exchange; the market, the open market; over-the-counter market; privately traded issues.    commodities exchange, futures exchange, ... show more

Roget 840: amusement, entertainment, recreation, fun, game, fun and games; diversion, divertissement; reaction, solace; pastime, passetemps [Fr.], sport; ... show more

Dutch: denk, giswerk, speculatie, vermoeden
Polish: spekulacyjka



2 speculation

A hypothesis that has been formed by speculating or conjecturing (usually with little hard evidence):
— Speculations about the outcome of the election.

synonym: conjecture.

Dutch: gissing
Polish: domniemanie, domysł, hipoteza, podejrzenie, przypuszczenie, spekulacja, supozycja, teoria

3 speculation

An investment that is very risky but could yield great profits:
— He knew the stock was a speculation when he bought it.

synonym: venture.

Roget 621: chance etc. 156; lot, fate etc. (necessity) 601; luck; good luck etc. (good) 618; ... show more

Roget 675: essay, trial, endeavor, attempt; aim, struggle, venture, adventure, speculation, coup d'essai [Fr.], debut; probation etc. (experiment) ... show more

Dutch: windhandel
Polish: geszeft, spekulacja

4 speculation

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

synonym: meditation.

Roget 451: thought; exercitation of the intellect, exercise of the intellect; intellection; reflection, cogitation, consideration, meditation, study, lucubration, speculation, deliberation, pondering; head work, ... show more

Dutch: meditatie
Polish: spekulowanie


Moby thesaurus: abstraction, actuarial prediction, advisement, agiotage, analysis, apocalypse, arbitrage, betting, blind guess, bold conjecture, brainwork, brooding, buying in, calculated risk, cardsharping, casting lots, cerebration, chance, cogitation, conjecture ... show more.

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