of, pertaining to, or consisting in theory; not practical (distinguished from applied ).
existing only in theory; hypothetical.
given to, forming, or dealing with theories; speculative.
Also, theoretic.

1610–20; theoretic (< Late Latin theōrēticus < Greek theōrētikós, equivalent to theōrēt(ós) to be seen (verbid of theōreîn to view) + -ikos -ic) + -al1

theoretically, adverb
antitheoretical, adjective
antitheoretically, adverb
nontheoretic, adjective
nontheoretical, adjective
nontheoretically, adverb
untheoretic, adjective
untheoretical, adjective
untheoretically, adverb Unabridged
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theoretical or theoretic (ˌθɪəˈrɛtɪkəl, ˌθɪəˈrɛtɪk)
1.  of or based on theory
2.  lacking practical application or actual existence; hypothetical
3.  using or dealing in theory; impractical
theoretic or theoretic
theo'retically or theoretic

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Word Origin & History

1616, from L.L. theoreticus "of or pertaining to theory" (c.397), from Gk. 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).
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theoretical the·o·ret·i·cal (thē'ə-rět'ĭ-kəl)

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

  2. Restricted to theory; not practical.

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Example sentences
Sheep and humans are both mammals and the technology used to clone one species
  could theoretically be applied to the other.
Her fans, theoretically, are welcome to take it or leave it.
As a result, the water would theoretically remain frozen for eons.
So theoretically, an exact replica of a particle can never be made.
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