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Noun: speculation  ,spe-kyu'ley-shun
  1. A message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence
    - guess, conjecture, supposition, surmise, surmisal, hypothesis
  2. A hypothesis that has been formed by speculating or conjecturing (usually with little hard evidence)
    "speculations about the outcome of the election";
    - conjecture
  3. An investment that is very risky but could yield great profits
    "he knew the stock was a speculation when he bought it";
    - venture
  4. Continuous and profound contemplation or musing on a subject or series of subjects of a deep or abstruse nature
    "the habit of speculation is the basis for all real knowledge";
    - meditation

Derived forms: speculations

Type of: contemplation, hypothesis, investment, investment funds, musing, opinion, possibility, reflection, reflexion [Brit], rumination, theory, thoughtfulness, view

Encyclopedia: Speculation