spec·u·late /'spe-kyə-ˌlāt/ vb -lat·ed, -lat·ingvi1: to theorize on the basis of insufficient evidence◇ A jury is not permitted to speculate on a matter about which insufficient evidence has been presented in reaching its verdict.2: to assume a business risk in hope of gain; esp: to buy or sell in expectation of profiting from market fluctuationsvt: to take to be true on the basis of insufficient evidencespec·u·la·tor /-ˌlā-tər/ n
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam-Webster. 1996.
assume a risk, bet, chance, dare, deal in futures, gamble, hazard, invest, lay money on, play the market, plunge, risk, stake, take a chance, try one's luck, venture, wager
assume, cogitare, consider, dare say, debate, deliberate, guess, have a theory, hypothesize, judge, muse, philosophize, ponder, puzzle over, quaerere, reckon, ruminate, suppose, surmise, theorize, think, turn over in the mind, venture, weigh, wonder about
associated concepts: speculative damages
bet, gamble, guess, invest (fund), muse, opine, parlay (bet), ponder, postulate, presume, presuppose, prognosticate, reflect (ponder), surmise, suspect (think)
Burton's Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006
v.(1) To guess; to theorize or come to a conclusion about something without adequate evidence.(2) To engage in risky investments; to buy or sell stocks in the hopes that prices will rise or fall dramatically.n.speculation
The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008.