noun. ['ˌspɛkjəˈleɪʃən'] a hypothesis that has been formed by speculating or conjecturing (usually with little hard evidence).
Words that Rhyme with Speculation
Example sentences of the word speculation
1. Noun, singular or mass
Choose a statement to add to the beginning of the thesis that promotes further speculation.
Quotes containing the word speculation
1. He that has doctrinal knowledge and speculation only, without affection, never is engaged in the business of religion.
- Jonathan Edwards
2. There is a philosophy that says that if something is unobservable -- unobservable in principle -- it is not part of science. If there is no way to falsify or confirm a hypothesis, it belongs to the realm of metaphysical speculation, together with astrology and spiritualism. By that standard, most of the universe has no scientific reality -- it's just a figment of our imaginations.
- Leonard Susskind, The Black Hole War: My Battle with Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics
3. In the abstract, it might be tempting to imagine that irreducible complexity simply requires multiple simultaneous mutations - that evolution might be far chancier than we thought, but still possible. Such an appeal to brute luck can never be refuted... Luck is metaphysical speculation; scientific explanations invoke causes.
- Michael J. Behe, Darwin's Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution
noun. ['ˌspɛkjəˈleɪʃən'] a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence.
noun. ['ˌspɛkjəˈleɪʃən'] an investment that is very risky but could yield great profits.
- smart money
noun. ['ˌspɛkjəˈleɪʃən'] continuous and profound contemplation or musing on a subject or series of subjects of a deep or abstruse nature.