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English noun: speculation

1. speculation (communication) a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence

Synonymsconjecture, guess, hypothesis, supposition, surmisal, surmise

Broader (hypernym)opinion, view

Narrower (hyponym)divination

2. speculation (cognition) a hypothesis that has been formed by speculating or conjecturing (usually with little hard evidence)

SamplesSpeculations about the outcome of the election.
He dismissed it as mere conjecture.


Broader (hypernym)hypothesis, possibility, theory

3. speculation (possession) an investment that is very risky but could yield great profits

SamplesHe knew the stock was a speculation when he bought it.


Broader (hypernym)investment, investment funds

Narrower (hyponym)gamble, pyramid, smart money

4. speculation (cognition) continuous and profound contemplation or musing on a subject or series of subjects of a deep or abstruse nature

SamplesThe habit of meditation is the basis for all real knowledge.


Broader (hypernym)contemplation, musing, reflection, reflexion, rumination, thoughtfulness

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