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theoretical

or theoretic

[thee-uh-ret-i-kuh l] /ˌθi əˈrɛt ɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or consisting in theory; not practical (distinguished from applied).
2.
existing only in theory; hypothetical.
3.
given to, forming, or dealing with theories; speculative.
Origin of theoretical
1610-1620
1610-20; theoretic (< Late Latin theōrēticus < Greek theōrētikós, equivalent to theōrēt(ós) to be seen (verbid of theōreîn to view) + -ikos -ic) + -al1
Related forms
theoretically, adverb
antitheoretical, adjective
antitheoretically, adverb
nontheoretic, adjective
nontheoretical, adjective
nontheoretically, adverb
untheoretic, adjective
untheoretical, adjective
untheoretically, adverb
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Examples from the Web for theoretic
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  • His son Michael had no thoroughness, no practical ability, and no grasp whatever of theoretic detail.

    The Tree of Heaven May Sinclair
  • Speculative or theoretic knowledge is divided into abstract and concrete.

  • Their citation in support of the thesis of Church opposition to science, theoretic or applied, is entirely without justification.

    The Popes and Science James J. Walsh
  • Its own theoretic level, or at least the quest for a theory, is discarded as frivolous.

  • Nevertheless, these theoretic calculations were somewhat disconcerted by the energy of the defence.

    Annals of a Fortress E. Viollet-le-Duc
  • This theoretic inference is completely verified by experiment.

  • I can only, then, discuss the proposed policy on its theoretic merits.

  • These theoretic subtleties were unintelligible to the people of France.

    Lectures on the French Revolution John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
  • And now we find what noble sympathy and unity there is between the imaginative and theoretic faculties.

  • theoretic and practical cannot be isolated from one another.

    Beauty and the Beast Stewart A. McDowall
British Dictionary definitions for theoretic

theoretic

/ˌθɪəˈrɛtɪk/
adjective
1.
another word for theoretical
noun
2.
another word for theoretics

theoretical

/ˌθɪəˈrɛtɪkəl/
adjective
1.
of or based on theory
2.
lacking practical application or actual existence; hypothetical
3.
using or dealing in theory; impractical
Derived Forms
theoretically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for theoretic

theoretical

adj.

1610s, from Late Latin theoreticus "of or pertaining to theory," from Greek theoretikos "contemplative, pertaining to theory" (by Aristotle contrasted to praktikos), from theoretos "that may be seen or considered," from theorein "to consider, look at" (see theory). Related: Theoretically.

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theoretic in Medicine

theoretical the·o·ret·i·cal (thē'ə-rět'ĭ-kəl)
adj.

  1. Of, relating to, or based on theory.

  2. Restricted to theory; not practical.

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