[syn: inquisitive, speculative, questioning, wondering(a)]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Speculative \Spec"u*la*tive\ (sp[e^]k"[-u]*l[.a]*t[i^]v), a.
[Cf. F. sp['e]culatif, L. speculativus.]
1. Given to speculation; contemplative.
The mind of man being by nature speculative.
2. Involving, or formed by, speculation; ideal; theoretical;
not established by demonstration. --Cudworth.
3. Of or pertaining to vision; also, prying; inquisitive;
curious. [R.] --Bacon.
4. Of or pertaining to speculation in land, goods, shares,
etc.; as, a speculative dealer or enterprise.
The speculative merchant exercises no one regular,
established, or well-known branch of business. --A.
5. (Finance) More risky than typical investments; not
[PJC] -- Spec"u*la*tive*ly, adv. --
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: not financially safe or secure; "a bad investment"; "high
risk investments"; "anything that promises to pay too
much can't help being risky"; "speculative business
enterprises" [syn: bad, risky, high-risk,
2: not based on fact or investigation; "a notional figure of
cost helps in determining production costs"; "speculative
knowledge" [syn: notional, speculative]
3: showing curiosity; "if someone saw a man climbing a light
post they might get inquisitive"; "raised a speculative
eyebrow" [syn: inquisitive, speculative, questioning,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
105 Moby Thesaurus words for "speculative":
abstract, academic, adventurous, aleatory, analytical, arguable,
armchair, at issue, chancy, closet, cogitative, cognitive,
concentrating, concentrative, conceptive, conceptual,
conceptualized, confutable, conjectural, contemplating,
contemplative, contestable, controversial, controvertible, curious,
debatable, deliberating, deliberative, deniable, dicey, disputable,
doubtable, doubtful, dubious, dubitable, excogitating,
full of risk, hazardous, hypothetic, hypothetical, ideal,
idealistic, idealized, ideational, ideative, iffy, impractical,
in dispute, in doubt, in dubio, in question, inquiring,
intellectual, introspective, meditating, meditative, mental,
mistakable, moot, museful, musing, noetic, notional, open to doubt,
open to question, pensive, pondering, postulatory, prehensive,
problematic, questionable, questioning, ratiocinative, rational,
reflecting, reflective, refutable, riskful, risky, ruminant,
ruminating, ruminative, serious, sober, suppositional,
supposititious, suppositive, suspect, suspicious, theoretical,
thinking, thought, thoughtful, uncertain, unpractical, unproved,
unproven, unrealistic, unreliable, untested, untrustworthy,
venturesome, venturous, wildcat, wistful