(spk"*l*tv), a. [Cf. F. spculatif, L. speculativus.] 1. Given to speculation; contemplative.
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The mind of man being by nature speculative.
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2. Involving, or formed by, speculation; ideal; theoretical; not established by demonstration. Cudworth.
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3. Of or pertaining to vision; also, prying; inquisitive; curious. [R.] Bacon.
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4. Of or pertaining to speculation in land, goods, shares, etc.; as, a speculative dealer or enterprise.
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The speculative merchant exercises no one regular, established, or well-known branch of business.
A. Smith.
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5. (Finance) More risky than typical investments; not investment grade.

-- Spec"u*la*tive*ly, adv. -- Spec"u*la*tive*ness, n.
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