speculate
spec·u·late /'spe-kyə-ˌlāt/ vb -lat·ed, -lat·ing
vi
1: 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 fluctuations
vt: to take to be true on the basis of insufficient evidence
spec·u·la·tor /-ˌlā-tər/ n

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

speculate
I (chance) verb 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 II (conjecture) verb 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 III index bet, gamble, guess, invest (fund), muse, opine, parlay (bet), ponder, postulate, presume, presuppose, prognosticate, reflect (ponder), surmise, suspect (think)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


speculate
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. . 2008.

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