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or theoretic

[thee-uh-ret-i-kuh l] /ˌθi əˈrɛt ɪ kəl/
of, relating to, or consisting in theory; not practical (distinguished from applied).
existing only in theory; hypothetical.
given to, forming, or dealing with theories; speculative.
Origin of theoretical
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 Unabridged
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  • This is not only theoretically true, but the theory is exemplified in the pay roll.

    The Old World and Its Ways William Jennings Bryan
  • That is, theoretically we may ascribe them to God, but practically we dissociate Him from them.

  • In some shops, tools are ground to the theoretically correct shape in special machines instead of by hand.

    Turning and Boring Franklin D. Jones
  • Being a woman, she should, theoretically, have disliked and despised him for this.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • theoretically, the regulations of the United States should have brought much profit to the Federal government.

British Dictionary definitions for theoretically


of or based on theory
lacking practical application or actual existence; hypothetical
using or dealing in theory; impractical
Derived Forms
theoretically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for theoretically



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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theoretically in Medicine

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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