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speculate
used in The Importance of Being Earnest

4 uses
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Definition
to think about, wonder, guess or theorize with much uncertainty
  • Oh! there is no use speculating on that subject.
    Act 1 — Morning-room in Algernon's flat in Half-Moon Street (11% in)
speculating = thinking or guessing
  • Ah! that is clearly a metaphysical speculation, and like most metaphysical speculations has very little reference at all to the actual facts of real life, as we know them.
    Act 1 — Morning-room in Algernon's flat in Half-Moon Street (55% in)
  • speculation = unproven 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.)
  • Ah! that is clearly a metaphysical speculation, and like most metaphysical speculations has very little reference at all to the actual facts of real life, as we know them.
    Act 1 — Morning-room in Algernon's flat in Half-Moon Street (55% in)
  • speculations = thoughts or theories
  • To your work, child, these speculations are profitless.
    Act 2 — Garden at the Manor House (7% in)
speculations = thoughts or wonderings
There are no more uses of "speculate" in The Importance of Being Earnest.

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