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speculative

Speculative describes very risky and unproven ideas or chances. You might have great ideas about starting your own business but your plans are speculative until you earn money from them.

Speculative describes abstract ideas — usually with high risk — that often come with excitement and expectation too. A speculative investment could mean putting lots of cash into a business or real estate property hoping it will make money later. Anything speculative is based on prediction: whatever it is hasn't happened yet.

Definitions of speculative
  1. adjective
    not based on fact or investigation
    speculative knowledge”
    synonyms: notional
    theoretic, theoretical
    concerned primarily with theories or hypotheses rather than practical considerations
  2. adjective
    showing curiosity
    “raised a speculative eyebrow”
    synonyms: inquisitive, questioning, wondering
    curious
    eager to investigate and learn or learn more (sometimes about others' concerns)
  3. adjective
    not financially safe or secure
    speculative business enterprises”
    synonyms: bad, high-risk, risky
    unsound
    not sound financially
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