speculation [-s, -'s] n
see speculate, v.
- Conjecture; anticipation; expectation of occurrence.
- Illusion; mirage; passing fancy.
- Contemplation; questioning; wondering; pondering; profound study; attempt to ascertain; hypothetical reasoning.
- Purchase; determination of value; practice of buying and selling land in order to profit by the rise in the market value; [personification] risk; gambling; gambler.