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Synonyms for speculate

Synonyms for speculate

to use the powers of the mind, as in conceiving ideas, drawing inferences, and making judgments

to draw an inference on the basis of inconclusive evidence or insufficient information

to formulate or assert as a tentative explanation

to take a risk in the hope of gaining advantage

Synonyms for speculate

talk over conjecturally, or review in an idle or casual way and with an element of doubt or without sufficient reason to reach a conclusion

invest at a risk


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I don't want to speculate, we can speculate on a thousand reasons, but let's leave it to investigators,' the BOC chief said when repeatedly asked about the motive behind Lachica's murder.
We could also speculate he thinks he is qualified to be a marriage guidance counseller.
Speculate hassle free: Binary options allow traders to speculate on whether the underlying market price will increase or decrease in value without the need to buy or sell the underlying asset itself.
Summary: Joe Calzaghe has refused to speculate about rumours he is dating his Strictly Come Dancing partner.
He added: "I can't speculate on what different or further decisions the company are going to make.
Given the available data, we can't really speculate about possible interactions," says Brown, "nor do we know what underlying mechanisms might cause interactions between risk factors.
Long-Irwin speculates that future investment opportunities in Thunder Bay-may be found in the bio-medical field, education and training and tourism.
We can only speculate about the extent of the division in the house of bishops.
The drug confession led some to speculate that MacIsaac, who insisted he'd been sober since February of last year, had suffered some kind of a relapse.
Not only is this splendid array of fictions and discourses beautifully balanced to illustrate the range, if one may call it such, of the libertine (always, after all, a diminutive), but it is wonderfully presented by brilliant scholars and critics; Michel Feher has a forty-page introduction speculating on the strikingly contrasting sensibilities of these authors, who nonetheless all speculate on the possibility of overcoming the inconstancy of natural appetites and the hypocrisy of social convention, in order to experience a sentiment of love that would be constant without being artificial.
Wegman is not afraid to speculate about mysterious causes that may lie behind - and the equally mysterious meaning that may lie within - the neutral notes on the page.
What Yale Realty Services does is not unique, Paprin said, but real estate is a hedge guess against inflation and one can only speculate about the success of a shopping center's potential.
Competitors speculate that Dow blends a variety of butadiene rubber together (conventional HIPS is made with low-cis butadiene rubber) and possibly other rubbers as well.
Small wonder, then, that University of Tennessee economist Paul Davidson was moved to speculate, in a recent issue of The Nation, that it might not have made much economic difference "if President Bush had been re-elected and done nothing to change either the tax structure or the spending pattern of the Federal Government in 1993.