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used in A Prayer for Owen Meany

5 uses
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to guess without certainty


to think about or consider something

or (more rarely):

to risk money in a financial venture
  • I was angry with the Rev. Mr. Merrill for making of Owen Meany what Mr. Merrill so often made of Jesus Christ, or of God—a subject for "metaphysical speculation."
    p. 550.5
  • Later, there was some dispute—not very interesting— regarding the Indian deed, and more interesting speculation regarding why Watahantowet's totem was an armless man.
    p. 10.6
  • She turned her head toward home plate—I guess, to see who had hit such a shot—and the ball struck her left temple, spinning her so quickly that one of her high heels broke and she fell forward, facing the stands, her knees splayed apart, her face hitting the ground first because her hands never moved from her sides (not even to break her fall), which later gave rise to the speculation that she was dead before she touched the earth.
    p. 36.2
  • My grandmother used to speculate that she had been one of those permanently tanned, bouncy blondes—a perfectly wholesome type, but entirely too easily persuaded that good health and boundless energy for good deeds were the natural results of clean living and practical values.
    p. 116.6
  • Dan Needham—our historian—delivered a lengthy and unresolved meditation on whether Fort Benjamin Harrison was named after William Henry Harrison's father or grandson; Dan offered a similarly unresolved speculation on the origins of "Hoosier," which we all knew was a nickname for a native of Indiana—but no one knew what else, if anything, a "Hoosier" was.
    p. 500.4

There are no more uses of "speculate" in A Prayer for Owen Meany.

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