But can you theoretically say that the release of the four memos is somehow going to lead—is going to make an attack more likely?
The crucial information is imparted, but it disappears, theoretically unretrievable.
Yet almost no one does this, even small business owners who could theoretically get away with it.
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.
theoretical the·o·ret·i·cal (thē'ə-rět'ĭ-kəl)
Of, relating to, or based on theory.
Restricted to theory; not practical.