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Realistic vs. Speculative

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  • Realistic (adjective)

    Expressed or represented as being accurate, practicable, or not idealistic.

    "A realistic appraisal of the situation."

  • Realistic (adjective)

    Relating to the representation of objects, actions or conditions as they actually are or were.

    "A realistic novel about the Victorian poor."

  • Speculative (adjective)

    Characterized by speculation; based on guessing, unfounded opinions, or extrapolation.

  • Speculative (adjective)

    Pursued as a gamble, with possible large profits or losses; risky.

  • Speculative (adjective)

    Pertaining to financial speculation; Involving or resulting from high-risk investments or trade.

Wiktionary
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  • Realistic (adjective)

    having or showing a sensible and practical idea of what can be achieved or expected

    "I thought we had a realistic chance of winning"

  • Realistic (adjective)

    representing things in a way that is accurate and true to life

    "a realistic human drama"

  • Speculative (adjective)

    engaged in, expressing, or based on conjecture rather than knowledge

    "he gave her a speculative glance"

  • Speculative (adjective)

    (of an investment) involving a high risk of loss

    "the bonuses cannot be put at risk due to some speculative investment"

  • Speculative (adjective)

    (of a business venture) undertaken on the chance of success, without a pre-existing contract

    "he was involved in speculative building"

Oxford Dictionary
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  • Realistic (adjective)

    Of or pertaining to the realists; in the manner of the realists; characterized by realism rather than by imagination.

  • Speculative (adjective)

    Given to speculation; contemplative.

  • Speculative (adjective)

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

  • Speculative (adjective)

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

  • Speculative (adjective)

    Of or pertaining to speculation in land, goods, shares, etc.; as, a speculative dealer or enterprise.

  • Speculative (adjective)

    More risky than typical investments; not investment grade.

Webster Dictionary
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  • Realistic (adjective)

    aware or expressing awareness of things as they really are;

    "a realistic description"

    "a realistic view of the possibilities"

    "a realistic appraisal of our chances"

    "the actors tried to create a realistic portrayal of the Africans"

  • Realistic (adjective)

    representing what is real; not abstract or ideal;

    "realistic portraiture"

    "a realistic novel"

    "in naturalistic colors"

    "the school of naturalistic writers"

  • Realistic (adjective)

    of or relating to the philosophical doctrine of realism;

    "a realistic system of thought"

  • Speculative (adjective)

    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"

  • Speculative (adjective)

    not based on fact or investigation;

    "a notional figure of cost helps in determining production costs"

    "speculative knowledge"

  • Speculative (adjective)

    showing curiosity;

    "if someone saw a man climbing a light post they might get inquisitive"

    "raised a speculative eyebrow"

Princeton's WordNet

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