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speculate
used in To Kill a Mockingbird

4 uses
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Definition
to think about, wonder, guess or theorize with much uncertainty
  • These were abstract speculations for the first month of her stay, as she had little to say to Jem or me, and we saw her only at mealtimes and at night before we went to bed.
    p. 175.9
speculations = thoughts
  • He examined Walter with an air of speculation.
    p. 30.6
  • speculation = consideration

    (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 will be no more audibly obscene speculations on any subject from anybody in this courtroom as long as I'm sitting here.
    p. 230.5
  • speculations = thoughts
  • Here Judge Taylor glanced sharply at the witness and must have decided his speculations devoid of evil intent, for he subsided sleepily.
    p. 231.0
speculations = thoughts
There are no more uses of "speculate" in To Kill a Mockingbird.

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