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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"

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  • 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


  • Pope says food commodity speculation hurts fight against hunger
    By Philip Pullella ROME (Reuters) - Pope Francis condemned speculation in food commodities and greed for profits on Thursday, saying they were undermining the global fight against poverty and hunger. Addressing a United Nations conference on nutrition, he called on rich nations to share their wealth and denounced waste, excessive consumption and unequal distributi Read more on this news related to 'Speculation'
  • Speculation on MH17 is damaging to investigations
    Ukraine envoy advises against speculation when reporting on flight MH17. Read more on this news related to 'Speculation'
  • Nevsun Response to Media Speculation
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