- Speculative Spec"u*la*tive (sp[e^]k"[-u]*l[.a]*t[i^]v), a.
[Cf. F. sp['e]culatif, L. speculativus.]
1. Given to speculation; contemplative.
The mind of man being by nature speculative. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]
4. Of or pertaining to speculation in land, goods, shares, etc.; as, a speculative dealer or enterprise. [1913 Webster]
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