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speculate
used in Lord of the Flies

3 uses
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Definition
to think about, wonder, guess or theorize with much uncertainty
  • A theological speculation presented itself.
    p. 161.2
speculation = theory

(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.)
  • Their heads clustered above the trunks in the green shade; heads brown, fair, black, chestnut, sandy, mouse-colored; heads muttering, whispering, heads full of eyes that watched Ralph and speculated.
    p. 18.9
  • speculated = wondered
  • Again he fell into that strange mood of speculation that was so foreign to him. If faces were different when lit from above or below—what was a face?
    p. 78.1
speculation = thought

(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 Lord of the Flies.

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