1. Given to speculation; contemplative. "The mind of man being by nature speculative." (Hooker)

2. Involving, or formed by, speculation; ideal; theoretical; not established by demonstration.

3. Of or pertaining to vision; also, prying; inquisitive; curious.

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. Smith) Spec"ulatively, Spec"ulativeness.

Origin: Cf. F. Speculatif, L. Speculativus.

(01 Mar 1998)