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 for speculative
From 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.
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              The mind of man being by nature speculative.
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     2. Involving, or formed by, speculation; ideal; theoretical;
        not established by demonstration. --Cudworth.
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     3. Of or pertaining to vision; also, prying; inquisitive;
        curious. [R.] --Bacon.
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     4. Of or pertaining to speculation in land, goods, shares,
        etc.; as, a speculative dealer or enterprise.
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              The speculative merchant exercises no one regular,
              established, or well-known branch of business. --A.
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     5. (Finance) More risky than typical investments; not
        investment grade.
        [PJC] -- Spec"u*la*tive*ly, adv. --
        Spec"u*la*tive*ness, n.
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From 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,

From 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

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