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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


  • Teck Resources CEO pours more cold water on M&A speculation
    Teck Resources Ltd on Tuesday poured more cold water on speculation it was in talks to merge with or acquire a rival mining company, saying although it had looked at opportunities none have met its criteria. Teck Chief Executive Don Lindsay said there is nothing he is aware of in the works on Antofagasta (Other OTC: ANFGF - news) , HudBay Minerals (NYSE: HBM - new Read more on this news related to 'Speculation'
  • Data recorder is key to ending Flight 9525 speculation
    Speculation continues to surround Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot believed to have deliberately crashed Germanwings flight 9525, particularly about his… Read more on this news related to 'Speculation'
  • Roberts tries to shunt speculation over future aside
    Wales rugby great Jamie Roberts admits he is trying to put the uncertainty over his club future to the back of his mind as he prepares for Sunday's European Champions Cup home quarter-final between his present side Racing-Metro and last season's finalists Saracens. The 28-year-old centre -- capped 69 times since making his debut in 2008 and selected for tw Read more on this news related to 'Speculation'

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