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speculate
used in Atlas Shrugged

3 uses
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Definition
to think about, wonder, guess or theorize with much uncertainty
  • To talk of what would have happened if we had acted differently is nothing but purely theoretical speculation.
    2.5 Part 2 Chapter 5 — Account Overdrawn (42% in)
speculation = guessing

(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.)
  • Mr. Weatherby had not answered his pleas, but had said, in a tone of idly irrelevant speculation, "Wesley has so many tough problems."
    2.5 Part 2 Chapter 5 — Account Overdrawn (76% in)
  • 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.)
  • But this is purely theoretical speculation, because, as a matter of practical fact, all private establishments of scientific research have been closed by law-by Directive 10-289, issued, as you might not realize, by Mr. Wesley Mouch.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (29% in)
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.)
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