spec·u·la·tive (spĕkyə-lə-tĭv, -lā′-)
a. Given to, characterized by, or based upon speculation or conjecture: speculative articles about the origin of language.
b. Expressing inquisitive interest: raised a speculative eyebrow.
a. Engaging in, given to, or involving financial speculation: speculative brokers; speculative stocks.
b. Spent in speculation: speculative funds.
c. Involving chance; risky: speculative business enterprises.
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