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. [1913 Webster]

The mind of man being by nature speculative. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

2. Involving, or formed by, speculation; ideal; theoretical; not established by demonstration. --Cudworth. [1913 Webster]

3. Of or pertaining to vision; also, prying; inquisitive; curious. [R.] --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

4. Of or pertaining to speculation in land, goods, shares, etc.; as, a speculative dealer or enterprise. [1913 Webster]

The speculative merchant exercises no one regular, established, or well-known branch of business. --A. Smith. [1913 Webster]

5. (Finance) More risky than typical investments; not investment grade. [PJC] -- {Spec"u*la*tive*ly}, adv. -- {Spec"u*la*tive*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

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