WORD ORIGIN adjective 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.
the·o·ret·ic. Origin of theoretical 1610–20; theoretic
Late Latin theōrēticus
) to be seen (verbid of
to view) +
-al 1 Related forms the·o·ret·i·cal·ly, adverb an·ti·the·o·ret·i·cal, adjective an·ti·the·o·ret·i·cal·ly, adverb non·the·o·ret·ic, adjective non·the·o·ret·i·cal, adjective non·the·o·ret·i·cal·ly, adverb un·the·o·ret·ic, adjective un·the·o·ret·i·cal, adjective un·the·o·ret·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for anti-theoretical theoretical theoretic ( ˌθɪəˈrɛtɪk) adjective 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 anti-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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anti-theoretical in Medicine theoretical [thē′ə-rĕt ′ĭ-kəl] adj. Of, relating to, or based on theory. Restricted to theory; not practical.
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