spec·u·la·tive /'spe-kyə-lə-tiv, -ˌlā-/ adj
1: involving, based on, or constituting intellectual speculation; also: theoretical rather than demonstrable
speculative medical testimony concerning the cause of death
2: of, relating to, or being a financial speculation
speculative securities
speculative home building
spec·u·la·tive·ly adv

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I adjective abstract, academic, aleatory, assumptive, chancy, cogitative, coniecturaiis, conjectural, contemplative, contestable, controvertible, debatable, deliberative, doubtful, dubious, experimental, hazardous, hypothetical, imaginary, impractical, indefinite, indistinct, insecure, irresolute, meditative, presumptive, projected, provisional, questionable, risky, speculatory, suppositional, tentative, theoretical, uncertain, unconfirmed, undemonstrated, undetermined, unproven, unsafe, unsettled associated concepts: speculative testimony II index cogitative, controversial, debatable, deliberate, disputable, doubtful, dubious, hypothetical, indeterminate, inquisitive, insecure, moot, pensive, presumptive, putative, tentative, theoretical, undecided, unpredictable, unsettled, unsound (fallacious)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

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  • speculative — (adj.) late 14c., from O.Fr. speculatif or directly from L.L. speculativus, from pp. stem of speculari (see SPECULATION (Cf. speculation)). Related: Speculatively …   Etymology dictionary

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