- the contemplation or consideration of some subject: to engage in speculation on humanity’s ultimate destiny.
- a single instance or process of consideration.
- a conclusion or opinion reached by such contemplation: These speculations are impossible to verify.
- conjectural consideration of a matter; conjecture or surmise: a report based on speculation rather than facts.
- engagement in business transactions involving considerable risk but offering the chance of large gains, especially trading in commodities, stocks, etc., in the hope of profit from changes in the market price.
- a speculative commercial venture or undertaking.
- the act or an instance of speculating
- a supposition, theory, or opinion arrived at through speculating
- investment involving high risk but also the possibility of high profits
n.late 14c., “contemplation, consideration,” from Old French speculation, from Late Latin speculationem (nominative speculatio) “contemplation, observation,” from Latin speculatus, past participle of speculari “observe,” from specere “to look at, view” (see scope (n.1)). Disparaging sense of “mere conjecture” is recorded from 1570s. Meaning “buying and selling in search of profit from rise and fall of market value” is recorded from 1774; short form spec is attested from 1794.