Origin of theoretical
Related Wordsimaginative, abstract, metaphysical, intellectual, vague, academic, philosophical, logical, analytical, speculative, assumed, conjectural, contingent, general, ideal, impractical, pedantic, pure, quixotic, tentative
Examples from the Web for theoretical
What had seemed to be a theoretical and almost mythical project is just about to take concrete form.China’s Nicaragua Canal Could Spark a New Central America Revolution
November 30, 2014
In a large society, there is just no way, no theoretical way, to choose, to elect, normal people.Is It Time to Take a Chance on Random Representatives?
November 8, 2014
Dr. Katherine (Katie) Mack is a theoretical astrophysicist at Melbourne University and has written for Slate, Time, and elsewhere.Girls Love Science. We Tell Them Not To.
July 17, 2014
Physically, everything happens as if the theoretical zero was really a beginning.Evangelicals Still Don’t Know What to Do With the Big Bang
Karl W. Giberson
March 23, 2014
Until recently, measles would have been on my list of “theoretical but not actual” clinical considerations.Thanks to Anti-Vaxxers, Mumps Are Back. What’s Next?
March 20, 2014
What is the use of the theoretical belief in free-will in this case?The Sexual Question
No longer was his grievance sentimental, theoretical or abstract.The Lion's Skin
If so, should it be on examination or certificate, for practical or theoretical work, or both?College Teaching
These objections are not of a purely abstract or theoretical character.The Task of Social Hygiene
The psychologists were certainly not to be blamed for sticking to their theoretical interests.Psychotherapy
- of or based on theory
- lacking practical application or actual existence; hypothetical
- using or dealing in theory; impractical
Word Origin and History for theoretical
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.
- Of, relating to, or based on theory.
- Restricted to theory; not practical.