[ 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.
Often the·o·ret·ic.

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
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theoretic (ˌθɪəˈrɛtɪk)

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



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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Medicine definitions for theoretic


[ thē′ə-rĕtĭ-kəl ]


Of, relating to, or based on theory.
Restricted to theory; not practical.
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