- speculation (n.)
- late 14c., "intelligent contemplation, consideration; act of looking," from Old French speculacion "close observation, rapt attention," and directly from Late Latin speculationem (nominative speculatio) "contemplation, observation," noun of action from Latin speculatus, past participle of speculari "observe," from specere "to look at, view" (see scope (n.1)).
Meaning "pursuit of the truth by means of thinking" is from mid-15c. Disparaging sense of "mere conjecture" is recorded from 1570s. Meaning "buying and selling in search of profit from rise and fall of market value" is recorded from 1774; short form spec is attested from 1794.
- 1. Speculation centred on a likely bid price of 380p a share.
- 2. The group's problems have led to speculation that heads will roll.
- 3. Oil speculation proved a natural arena for his skills.
- 4. It triggered broad speculation that GM and Jaguar might be talking.
- 5. We won't dignify this kind of speculation with a comment.
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