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

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English Synonyms and Antonyms4.0 / 3 votes

  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 Antonyms4.0 / 1 vote

  1. speculation

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

    Antonyms:
    realization, proof, fact, verification, certainty

Princeton's WordNet3.7 / 3 votes

  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 Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. speculationnoun

    Synonyms:
    contemplation

  2. speculationnoun

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words1.0 / 1 vote

  1. speculationnoun

    Synonyms:
    theory, supposition, conjecture, contemplation, thought

PPDB, the paraphrase database0.0 / 0 votes

  1. List of paraphrases for "speculation":

    speculative, conjecture, drivel

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How to use speculation in a sentence?

  1. The Paris-based IEA:

    Persistent speculation about a deal between OPEC and leading non-OPEC producers to cut output appears to be just that: speculation. It is OPEC's business whether or not it makes output cuts either alone or in concert with other producers but the likelihood of coordinated cuts is very low.

  2. Stephen Nachmanovitch:

    Creative work is play. It is free speculation using materials of one's chosen form.

  3. Executive Director David O'Steen:

    Any speculation as to what the court will do on any particular bill at this time is purely that - speculation.

  4. Pope Francis:

    It is also painful to see that the struggle against hunger and malnutrition is hindered by market priorities, the primacy of profit, which have reduced foodstuffs to a commodity like any other, subject to speculation, also of a financial nature, The hungry remain, at the street corner, and ask to be recognized as citizens, to receive a healthy diet. We ask for dignity, not for charity.

  5. Rita Glavin:

    There's widespread speculation that the governor may run, may attempt a political comeback, i don't know what the answer to that is, but the very fact that there is speculation and people are talking about it, we have unnamed former advisors talking about it, means that it's in the head of anyone who's running for governor.


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