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speculate
used in The Scarlet Letter

5 uses
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Definition
to guess without certainty

or:

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)
  • ...my fellowship of toil and impracticable schemes with the dreamy brethren of Brook Farm; after living for three years within the subtle influence of an intellect like Emerson's; after those wild, free days on the Assabeth, indulging fantastic speculations, beside our fire of fallen boughs, with Ellery Channing; after talking with Thoreau about pine-trees and Indian relics in his hermitage at Walden; after growing fastidious by sympathy with the classic refinement of Hillard's culture;...
    Introductory (53% 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)

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