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speculate
used in The Scarlet Letter

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Definition
to think about, wonder, guess or theorize with much uncertainty
  • It is remarkable that persons who speculate the most boldly often conform with the most perfect quietude to the external regulations of society. The thought suffices them, without investing itself in the flesh and blood of action.
    Chapter 13 — Another View of Hester (68% in)
speculate = think
  • ...after those wild, free days on the Assabeth, indulging fantastic speculations, beside our fire of fallen boughs, with Ellery Channing;
    Introductory (53% in)
  • speculations = thoughts
  • 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)
  • speculation = forming opinions

    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • 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)
  • speculation = forming opinions (in this case, of how to make a better world)

    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • 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)
speculation = forming opinions

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
There are no more uses of "speculate" in The Scarlet Letter.

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