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speculate
used in Killing Kennedy

5 uses
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1  —2 uses as in:
don't know, but I'll speculate
Definition
to think about, wonder, guess or theorize with much uncertainty
  • One of the shots misses the president's car completely, and decades later there is still speculation whether it was the first or third round.
    p. 266.1
speculation = thoughts and guesses

(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.)
  • That correspondence with Mr. Bush led to speculation that de Mohrenschildt had CIA ties—and also possessed undisclosed knowledge of the Kennedy assassination.
    p. 300.7
speculation = guessing or theorizing

(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" flagged with this meaning in Killing Kennedy.

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  • One day JFK will look back and speculate that the Bay of Pigs blunder could have given the U.S. military reason to interfere with the civilian American government on the grounds that the president was unsuited for office.
    p. 59.7
  • Only the captain of the SS France is told that the Mona Lisa is on board, and security is so intense as she is brought on that guests speculate that the metal box actually holds a secret nuclear device.
    p. 140.9
  • The paper speculates on the route Kennedy's motorcade will follow through the heart of the city.
    p. 241.6

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