Rumor vs Speculation - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between rumor and speculation
is that rumor
is (us|countable) a statement or claim of questionable accuracy, from no known reliable source, usually spread by word of mouth while speculation
As a verb rumor
is (transitive|usually|used in the passive voice) to tell a rumor about; to gossip.
* rumour (UK, Commonwealth, International)
(US, countable) A statement or claim of questionable accuracy, from no known reliable source, usually spread by word of mouth.
(US, uncountable) Information or misinformation of the kind contained in such claims.
- There's a rumor going round that he's going to get married.
- They say he used to be a thief, but that's just rumor .
* (piece of information)
* (information) gossip, hearsay, talk, tittle-tattle
* rumor campaign
* rumor has it
(transitive, usually, used in the passive voice) To tell a rumor about; to gossip.
- John is rumored to be next in line for a promotion.
The process of thinking or meditating on a subject.
* 2012 , Caroline Davies, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announce they are expecting first baby'' (in ''The Guardian , 3 December 2012)[http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/dec/03/duke-and-duchess-of-cambridge-expecting-baby?intcmp=122]
- Thenceforth to speculations high or deep I turned my thoughts.
(philosophy) The act or process of reasoning a priori from premises given or assumed.
A conclusion to which the mind comes by speculating; mere theory; notion; conjecture.
* Sir W. Temple
- The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have ended months of intense speculation by announcing they are expecting their first child, but were forced to share their news earlier than hoped because of the Duchess's admission to hospital on Monday.
- From him Socrates derived the principles of morality, and most part of his natural speculations .
(business, finance) An investment involving higher-than-normal risk in order to obtain a higher-than-normal return.
The act or practice of buying land, goods, shares, etc., in expectation of selling at a higher price, or of selling with the expectation of repurchasing at a lower price; a trading on anticipated fluctuations in price, as distinguished from trading in which the profit expected is the difference between the retail and wholesale prices, or the difference of price in different markets.
* A. Smith
- To his speculations on these subjects he gave the lofty name of the "Oracles of Reason".
* F. A. Walker
- Sudden fortunes, indeed, are sometimes made in such places, by what is called the trade of speculation .
Examination by the eye; view.
(obsolete) Power of sight.
- Speculation , while confined within moderate limits, is the agent for equalizing supply and demand, and rendering the fluctuations of price less sudden and abrupt than they would otherwise be.
A card game in which the players buy from one another trumps or whole hands, upon a chance of getting the highest trump dealt, which entitles the holder to the pool of stakes.
- Thou hast no speculation in those eyes.
* See also
* "on speculation" (on spec) Creating a work with the hope of selling it, as opposed to creating a work "on commission" for hire.