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SPECULATION, contracts. The hope or desire of making a profit by the purchase and resale of a thing. Pard. Dr. Com. n. 12. The profit so made; as, be made a good speculation.

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After speculating that Duque still enjoys the President's confidence, he speculates that the President will investigate the allegations.
He has urged people to stop speculating about his health.
Barclays, accused by the WDM of making PS445million between 2010 and 2012 by speculating on food prices, said the figure had been exaggerated.
Speculating over other life-forms elsewhere in the Universe, Hajjar underscored the phenomenon of "life emerging out of death" such as bacterial forms that survive in highly toxic materials such as arsenic.
'When the Prime Minister decides he is going, that is the time for us all to start speculating, and it will be the party that chooses, not a few people like me.
In "Waiting for Godot," a play by Samuel Beckett, two characters spend the entire play speculating about when another character, Godot, will arrive.
The announcement of Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey's retirement next fall has spawned a swirl of soul-searching in Britain over how the next man will be chosen and kept British bookies and editorial writers busy speculating over who is likely to succeed him.
The second part of the book consists of four chapters, exploring the masque's political and artistic context, analyzing the work itself, surveying the production requirements, and speculating as to the identities of the masque's designer and author (Inigo Jones and George Chapman are put forward as candidates).
However, he adds, the team must analyze more data before speculating on how widespread the phenomenon was and whether it might have contributed to the ozone losses observed last winter.