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Definition to guess without certainty


to think about or consider something

or (more rarely):

to risk money in a financial venture
  • philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years
speculated = thought and guessed without certainty
  • We were speculating as to whether a president would have to resign after that kind of scandal.
  • speculating = thoughtfully guessing
  • I guessed he was trying not to speculate too much, trying to keep my behavior off his mind.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • speculate = think to figure something out when there can be no certainty
  • He must love watching all the reports, hearing all the details, the speculation.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • speculation = guesses without certainty
  • This is because they argue about what it means to be among the Living, and because they don't know they can only speculate,
    Nicole Krauss  --  The History of Love
  • speculate = to guess without certainty
  • A theological speculation presented itself.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • speculation = a theory to think about (something guessed, but not known for sure)
  • And there's been some speculation that you may ... have some kind of problem.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • speculation = thought and guesses (without certainty)
  • The doctor looked at him, speculating. "I'd think you'd want to settle down."
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • speculating = to guess without certainty; or to think on a subject
  • We had all laughed about it, speculated on who those mean boys were and then...
    Jill McCorkle  --  Ferris Beach
  • speculated = guessed without certainty
  • There was no use speculating; it was better to move ahead.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • speculating = considering, thinking, or guessing
  • By the next morning everyone at school knew I was walking Jamie home, and this started up a new round of speculation about the two of us.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • speculation = the act of guessing (while thinking or talking)
  • "Guess we're about in for a blizzard," speculated Kennicott
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • speculated = to guess without certainty
  • He said close as he could speculate I was right in the middle of Luzana.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • speculate = to guess without certainty
  • She heard the boys speculate that the branding would be done in another week, which meant they were close to starting the drive.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • speculate = guess without certainty
  • Did you speculate any more?
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • speculate = guess without certainty; or think or consider
  • Uncle Buson was the one I liked to speculate on. He didn't die. He just disappeared.
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • speculate = guess or think about
  • there is no use speculating on that subject.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • speculating = thinking or guessing
  • It is one thing to speculate about what might be. It is quite another to act in behalf of our dreams, to treat them as objectives that are achievable and worth achieving.
    Tim O'Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • speculate = think or consider
  • I was speculating how one day, years from now, I would send the store a dollar in an envelope to cover it, spelling out how guilt had dominated every moment of my life,
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • speculating = thinking
  • And they speculated on and on about Red troubles in the south part of the Wobbish country, because that was the most important topic of conversation around, and since nobody knowed anything accurate anyway, ...
    Orson Scott Card  --  Red Prophet
speculated = discussed and guessed

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