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Speculation Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

Definitions from Wordnet 2.0


  • continuous and profound contemplation or musing on a subject or series of subjects of a deep or abstruse nature; "the habit of meditation is the basis for all real knowledge"
  • a hypothesis that has been formed by speculating or conjecturing (usually with little hard evidence); "speculations about the outcome of the election"; "he dismissed it as mere conjecture"
  • a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence
  • an investment that is very risky but could yield great profits; "he knew the stock was a speculation when he bought it"

Definitions from Wiktionary


  • a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence ,
  • a hypothesis that has been formed by speculating or conjecturing (usually with little hard evidence); "speculations about the outcome of the election"; "he dismissed it as mere conjecture" ,
  • an investment that is very risky but could yield great profits; "he knew the stock was a speculation when he bought it" ,
  • continuous and profound contemplation or musing on a subject or series of subjects of a deep or abstruse nature; "the habit of meditation is the basis for all real knowledge"

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Speculation Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


Speculation has a special meaning when talking about money. The person who speculates is called a speculator. A speculator does not buy goods to own them, but to sell them later. The reason is that he wants to make a profit from the change in price.

One tries to buy the goods when they are cheap and to sell them when they are expensive. There is a good chance to profit as long as the market price of a good changes often in different directions.

Speculation includes the buying, holding, selling, and short-selling of stocks, bonds, commodities, currencies, collectibles, real estate, derivatives or any valuable financial instrument. It is the opposite of buying because one wants to use them for daily life or to get income from them (as dividends or interest).

Speculation is one of the biggest market roles in western financial markets. The others are hedging, long term investing and arbitrage. Speculators do not plan to keep an asset for a long time.



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'Speculation' example sentence in quotations


* Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. - Barbara Tuchman

* Creative work is play. It is free speculation using materials of one's chosen form. - Stephen Nachmanovitch


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Speculation Sample Sentences in News


  • Speculation mounts that National Australia Bank will sell MLC
    Speculation is building that National Australia Bank could divest its life insurance assets, or even sell-off its problematic wealth management business MLC Australia entirely. Read more on this news related to 'Speculation'
  • Speculation grows over health of Iran's supreme leader
    The media office of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, this month sent an unusual text message: For the first time since having prostate surgery in September, Khamenei had resumed his weekly hikes in the hills of Tehran. Read more on this news related to 'Speculation'
  • Wesfarmers tight lipped about AMP
    Coles' parent company Wesfarmers has refused to comment on speculation that it's scoping out wealth manager AMP. The Australian newspaper claims an industry source has confirmed that Wesfarmers has started inquiries into AMP's true value. Wesfarmers recently dropped its push for a financial licence, adding to speculation that it wants to gain a licence Read more on this news related to 'Speculation'

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