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Speculation vs. Theory

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Speculationnoun

The process of thinking or meditating on a subject.

Theorynoun

(obsolete) Mental conception; reflection, consideration.

Speculationnoun

(philosophy) The act or process of reasoning a priori from premises given or assumed.

Theorynoun

(sciences) A coherent statement or set of ideas that explains observed facts or phenomena and correctly predicts new facts or phenomena not previously observed, or which sets out the laws and principles of something known or observed; a hypothesis confirmed by observation, experiment etc.

Speculationnoun

A conclusion to which the mind comes by speculating; mere theory; notion; conjecture.

Theorynoun

(uncountable) The underlying principles or methods of a given technical skill, art etc., as opposed to its practice.

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Speculationnoun

An investment involving higher-than-normal risk in order to obtain a higher-than-normal return.

Theorynoun

(mathematics) A field of study attempting to exhaustively describe a particular class of constructs.

‘Knot theory classifies the mappings of a circle into 3-space.’;

Speculationnoun

The act or practice of buying land, goods, shares, etc., in expectation of selling at a higher price, or of selling with the expectation of repurchasing at a lower price; a trading on anticipated fluctuations in price, as distinguished from trading in which the profit expected is the difference between the retail and wholesale prices, or the difference of price in different markets.

Theorynoun

A hypothesis or conjecture.

Speculationnoun

Examination by the eye; view.

Theorynoun

A set of axioms together with all statements derivable from them. Equivalently, a formal language plus a set of axioms (from which can then be derived theorems).

‘A theory is consistent if it has a model.’;

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Speculationnoun

(obsolete) Power of sight.

Theorynoun

A doctrine, or scheme of things, which terminates in speculation or contemplation, without a view to practice; hypothesis; speculation.

Speculationnoun

A card game in which the players buy from one another trumps or whole hands, upon a chance of getting the highest trump dealt, which entitles the holder to the pool of stakes.

Theorynoun

An exposition of the general or abstract principles of any science; as, the theory of music.

Speculationnoun

(programming) The process of anticipating which branch of code will be chosen and executing it in advance.

Theorynoun

The science, as distinguished from the art; as, the theory and practice of medicine.

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Speculationnoun

The act of speculating.

Theorynoun

The philosophical explanation of phenomena, either physical or moral; as, Lavoisier's theory of combustion; Adam Smith's theory of moral sentiments.

Speculationnoun

Examination by the eye; view.

Theorynoun

a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world; an organized system of accepted knowledge that applies in a variety of circumstances to explain a specific set of phenomena;

‘theories can incorporate facts and laws and tested hypotheses’; ‘true in fact and theory’;

Speculationnoun

A conclusion to which the mind comes by speculating; mere theory; view; notion; conjecture.

‘From him Socrates derived the principles of morality, and most part of his natural speculations.’; ‘To his speculations on these subjects he gave the lofty name of the "Oracles of Reason."’;

Theorynoun

a tentative theory about the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena;

‘a scientific hypothesis that survives experimental testing becomes a scientific theory’; ‘he proposed a fresh theory of alkalis that later was accepted in chemical practices’;

Speculationnoun

Mental view of anything in its various aspects and relations; contemplation; intellectual examination.

‘Thenceforth to speculations high or deepI turned my thoughts.’;

Theorynoun

a belief that can guide behavior;

‘the architect has a theory that more is less’; ‘they killed him on the theory that dead men tell no tales’;

Speculationnoun

Power of sight.

‘Thou hast no speculation in those eyes.’;

Theory

A theory is a rational type of abstract thinking about a phenomenon, or the results of such thinking. The process of contemplative and rational thinking is often associated with such processes as observational study or research.

Speculationnoun

The act or process of reasoning a priori from premises given or assumed.

Speculationnoun

A game at cards in which the players buy from one another trumps or whole hands, upon a chance of getting the highest trump dealt, which entitles the holder to the pool of stakes.

Speculationnoun

The act or practice of buying land, goods, shares, etc., in expectation of selling at a higher price, or of selling with the expectation of repurchasing at a lower price; a trading on anticipated fluctuations in price, as distinguished from trading in which the profit expected is the difference between the retail and wholesale prices, or the difference of price in different markets.

‘Sudden fortunes, indeed, are sometimes made in such places, by what is called the trade of speculation.’; ‘Speculation, while confined within moderate limits, is the agent for equalizing supply and demand, and rendering the fluctuations of price less sudden and abrupt than they would otherwise be.’;

Speculationnoun

Any business venture in involving unusual risks, with a chance for large profits.

Speculationnoun

a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence

Speculationnoun

a hypothesis that has been formed by speculating or conjecturing (usually with little hard evidence);

‘speculations about the outcome of the election’; ‘he dismissed it as mere conjecture’;

Speculationnoun

an investment that is very risky but could yield great profits;

‘he knew the stock was a speculation when he bought it’;

Speculationnoun

continuous and profound contemplation or musing on a subject or series of subjects of a deep or abstruse nature;

‘the habit of meditation is the basis for all real knowledge’;

Speculation

Speculation is the purchase of an asset (a commodity, goods, or real estate) with the hope that it will become more valuable in the near future. In finance, speculation is also the practice of engaging in risky financial transactions in an attempt to profit from short term fluctuations in the market value of a tradable financial instrument—rather than attempting to profit from the underlying financial attributes embodied in the instrument such as value addition, return on investment, or dividends.

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