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theoretical

[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.
Often, theoretic.
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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  • That is, theoretically we may ascribe them to God, but practically we dissociate Him from them.

  • Being a woman, she should, theoretically, have disliked and despised him for this.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • One-man power is (theoretically) greatly feared, in America.

    Blood and Iron John Hubert Greusel
  • And as a philosopher he was right; theoretically it would be possible.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • theoretically, we do what we please so long as we do not interfere with the traffic and all it implies.

    With The Night Mail Rudyard Kipling
British Dictionary definitions for theoretically

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 theoretically

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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theoretically 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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