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speculative
used in The War of the Worlds

2 meanings, 2 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
a speculative theory
Definition
based on thought or theory that is unproven or unprovable
  • My particular province is speculative philosophy.
    2.10 — Book 2 Chapter 10 — The Epilogue (4% in)
speculative = based on thought that is not provable
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2  —1 use as in:
a speculative venture
Definition
done with uncertainty—often a risky investment for profit
  • It is worthy of remark that a certain speculative writer of quasi-scientific repute, writing long before the Martian invasion, did forecast for man a final structure not unlike the actual Martian condition.
    2.2 — Book 2 Chapter 2 — What We Saw from the Ruined House (58% in)
speculative = without certainty of payment

(editor's note:  A speculative writer is someone who writes with the hope that someone will pay to publish the writing. This is in contrast to someone who is hired to write something.)
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