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metatheory

[met-uh-thee-uh-ree, -theer-ee]
noun
  1. a theory devised to analyze a theory.
  2. the investigation and analysis of theories.
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British Dictionary definitions for metatheory

metatheory

noun
  1. philosophical discussion of the foundations, structure, or results of some theory, such as metamathematics
  2. a formal system that describes the structure of some other systemSee also metalanguage
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Derived Formsmetatheoretical (ˌmɛtəθɪəˈrɛtɪkəl), adjective
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