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noun [countable/uncountable] speculation pronunciation in British English /ˌspekjʊˈleɪʃ(ə)n/
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    ideas or discussion about why something has happened or what might happen
    speculation about: There has been a great deal of speculation about what will happen after the elections.
    speculation that: Shannon is visiting Britain amid speculation that a deal has been done.
    fuel/prompt speculation (=cause speculation): The visit has fuelled speculation that the pair are planning to get married.
    pure/mere speculation (=guesses that are completely wrong): Government officials dismissed the report as pure speculation.

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