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used in The Scarlet Letter

4 uses
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to guess without certainty


to think about or consider something

or (more rarely):

to risk money in a financial venture
  • It is remarkable that persons who speculate the most boldly often conform with the most perfect quietude to the external regulations of society.
    Chapter 13 -- Another View of Hester (68% in)
  • She assumed a freedom of speculation, then common enough on the other side of the Atlantic, but which our forefathers, had they known it, would have held to be a deadlier crime than that stigmatised by the scarlet letter.
    Chapter 13 -- Another View of Hester (65% in)
  • A tendency to speculation, though it may keep women quiet, as it does man, yet makes her sad.
    Chapter 13 -- Another View of Hester (77% in)
  • But Hester Prynne, with a mind of native courage and activity, and for so long a period not merely estranged, but outlawed from society, had habituated herself to such latitude of speculation as was altogether foreign to the clergyman.
    Chapter 18 -- A Flood of Sunshine (4% in)

There are no more uses of "speculate" in The Scarlet Letter.

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