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Webster 1913 Edition


Speculative

Spec′u-la-tive

(spĕk′ū̍-lȧ-tĭv)
,
Adj.
[Cf. F.
spéculatif
, L.
speculativus
.]
1.
Given to speculation; contemplative.
The mind of man being by nature
speculative
.
Hooker.
2.
Involving, or formed by, speculation; ideal; theoretical; not established by demonstration.
Cudworth.
3.
Of or pertaining to vision; also, prying; inquisitive; curious.
[R.]
Bacon.
4.
Of or pertaining to speculation in land, goods, shares, etc.;
as, a
speculative
dealer or enterprise
.
The
speculative
merchant exercises no one regular, established, or well-known branch of business.
A. Smith.
Spec′u-la-tive-ly
,
adv.
Spec′u-la-tive-ness
,
Noun.

Webster 1828 Edition


Speculative

SPEC'ULATIVE

, a.
1.
Given to speculation; contemplative; applied to persons. The min of man being by nature speculative-
2.
Formed by speculation; theoretical; ideal; not verified by fact, experiment or practice; as a scheme merely speculative.
3.
Pertaining to view; also, prying.

Definition 2022


spéculative

spéculative

See also: speculative

French

Adjective

spéculative

  1. feminine singular of spéculatif