Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
speculatus, p. p. of
specularito spy out, observe, fr.
speculaa lookout, fr.
specereto look. See
To consider by turning a subject in the mind, and viewing it in its different aspects and relations; to meditate; to contemplate; to theorize;
speculateon questions in religion; to
speculateon political events.
It is remarkable that persons who
speculatethe most boldly often conform with the most pefect quietude to the external regulations of society.
To view subjects from certain premises given or assumed, and infer conclusions respecting them a priori.
To purchase with the expectation of a contingent advance in value, and a consequent sale at a profit; – often, in a somewhat depreciative sense, of unsound or hazardous transactions;
speculatein coffee, in sugar, or in bank stock
To consider attentively;
speculatethe nature of a thing
Sir W. Hamilton.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To meditate; to contemplate; to consider a subject by turning it in the mind and viewing it in its different aspects and relations; as, to speculate on political events; to speculate on the probable results of a discovery.
2.In commerce, to purchase land, goods, stock or other things, with the expectation of an advance in price, and of selling the articles with a profit by means of such advance; as, to speculate in coffee, or in sugar, or in six percent stock, or in bank stock.