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speculation

spec·u·la·tion

speculation

 
 
pronunciation:
spek y leI shn
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act or process of thinking, wondering, or guessing about something.
The reason for the teacher's sudden firing was a subject of much speculation.
 
similar words:
conjecture, guess
definition 2: a conclusion, often tentative or hypothetical, that results from such an act or process.
similar words:
conjecture, surmise, theory
definition 3: a risky business venture or investment that offers the possibility of high profit.
similar words:
venture
definition 4: the act or practice of undertaking such ventures or investments.