speculation Definition

  • 1the forming of a theory or conjecture without firm evidence
  • 2investment in stocks, property, or other ventures in the hope of gain but with the risk of loss

Using speculation: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "speculation" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    There is much speculation about what happened to the missing funds.

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    The company's stock price rose on speculation of a merger.

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    The article is pure speculation and contains no actual facts.

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    He made a fortune through property speculation.

speculation Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for speculation

Phrases with speculation

  • an idea or theory based solely on guesswork or conjecture


    The rumors of a new product release are pure speculation at this point.

  • unfounded or baseless conjecture or guesswork


    The article was filled with idle speculation about the company's future plans.

  • a genre of fiction that deals with imaginative and futuristic concepts


    Science fiction and fantasy are examples of speculative fiction.

Origins of speculation

from Latin 'speculatio', meaning 'a watching'


Summary: speculation in Brief

The term 'speculation' [ˌspɛkjʊˈleɪʃən] refers to forming theories or conjectures without firm evidence or investing in ventures with the hope of gain but with the risk of loss. It can be used to describe unfounded ideas, as in 'The article is pure speculation,' or financial investments, as in 'He made a fortune through property speculation.'