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theorist

[thee-er-ist, theer-] /ˈθi ər ɪst, ˈθɪər-/
noun
1.
a person who theorizes.
2.
a person who deals mainly with the theory of a subject:
a theorist in medical research.
Origin of theorist
1585-1595
1585-95; theor(y) + -ist
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theorist

/ˈθɪəˌrɪst/
noun
1.
the originator of a theory; a person who is concerned with theory; a theoretician
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Word Origin and History for theorist
n.

1590s; see theory + -ist.

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