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Synonyms for speculation
ˌspɛk yəˈleɪ ʃənspec·u·la·tion

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. speculation

    A hypothesis is a statement of what is deemed possibly true, assumed and reasoned upon as if certainly true, with a view of reaching truth not yet surely known; especially, in the sciences, a hypothesis is a comprehensive tentative explanation of certain phenomena, which is meant to include all other facts of the same class, and which is assumed as true till there has been opportunity to bring all related facts into comparison; if the hypothesis explains all the facts, it is regarded as verified; till then it is regarded as a working hypothesis, that is, one that may answer for present practical purposes. A hypothesis may be termed a comprehensive guess. A guess is a swift conclusion from data directly at hand, and held as probable or tentative, while one confessedly lacks material for absolute certainty. A conjecture is more methodical than a guess, while a supposition is still slower and more settled; a conjecture, like a guess, is preliminary and tentative; a supposition is more nearly final; a surmise is more floating and visionary, and often sinister; as, a surmise that a stranger may be a pickpocket. Theory is used of the mental coordination of facts and principles, that may or may not prove correct; a machine may be perfect in theory, but useless in fact. Scheme may be used as nearly equivalent to theory, but is more frequently applied to proposed action, and in the sense of a somewhat visionary plan. A speculation may be wholly of the brain, resting upon no facts worthy of consideration; system is the highest of these terms, having most of assurance and fixity; a system unites many facts, phenomena, or doctrines into an orderly and consistent whole; we speak of a system of theology, of the Copernican system of the universe. Compare SYSTEM.

    Synonyms:
    conjecture, guess, hypothesis, scheme, supposition, surmise, system, theory

    Antonyms:
    certainty, demonstration, discovery, evidence, fact, proof

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. speculation

    Synonyms:
    contemplation, consideration, weighing, thought, theory, scheme, hypothesis, view, conjecture

    Antonyms:
    realization, proof, fact, verification, certainty

Princeton's WordNet

  1. guess, conjecture, supposition, surmise, surmisal, speculation, hypothesisnoun

    a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence

    Synonyms:
    guess, possibility, conjecture, surmise, guesswork, theory, meditation, venture, supposition, dead reckoning, guessing, surmisal, supposal, assumption, hypothesis, shot

  2. speculation, conjecturenoun

    a hypothesis that has been formed by speculating or conjecturing (usually with little hard evidence)

    "speculations about the outcome of the election"; "he dismissed it as mere conjecture"

    Synonyms:
    surmisal, hypothesis, meditation, guess, conjecture, supposition, surmise, venture

  3. speculation, venturenoun

    an investment that is very risky but could yield great profits

    "he knew the stock was a speculation when he bought it"

    Synonyms:
    surmisal, hypothesis, meditation, guess, conjecture, supposition, surmise, venture

  4. meditation, speculationnoun

    continuous and profound contemplation or musing on a subject or series of subjects of a deep or abstruse nature

    "the habit of meditation is the basis for all real knowledge"

    Synonyms:
    surmisal, hypothesis, meditation, guess, conjecture, supposition, surmise, venture

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. speculationnoun

    Synonyms:
    contemplation

  2. speculationnoun

    Synonyms:
    theory, scheme, hypothesis, supposition, conjecture, view, a priori reasoning

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. speculationnoun

    Synonyms:
    theory, supposition, conjecture, contemplation, thought

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "speculation":

    speculative, conjecture, drivel

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How to use speculation in a sentence?

  1. Raul Grijalva:

    These letters put to bed once and for all the silly speculation that a few birds could hamstring the greatest fighting force in the history of the world.

  2. President Mr. Bach:

    We were aware of this speculation and quite frankly, we were a little bit surprised because, for different reasons, we think it maybe a little bit too quick now for India to have a successful Olympic Games in 2024.

  3. John Kilduff:

    Speculation over storage capacity limits will only increase.

  4. Choi Kang:

    Yesterday, Kim was trying to show he is perfectly healthy, and today, Kim is trying to mute all kinds of speculation that he may not have full control over the military, rather than going all the way by firing missiles and supervising a missile launch, Kim could be reminding us, 'yes I'm healthy and I'm still in power'.

  5. Dmitry Peskov:

    We have said this before and we will repeat it again : theories about what happened and the causes of the incident can only be pronounced by the investigation, so far, we have heard nothing( like this) from the investigation. Any kind of similar assumptions like this are based on information that has not been checked or are speculation.


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