theoretical

[ thee-uh-ret-i-kuhl ]
/ ˌθi əˈrɛt ɪ kəl /

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.

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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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British Dictionary definitions for theoretical

theoretical

theoretic (ˌθɪəˈrɛtɪk)

/ (ˌθɪəˈrɛtɪkəl) /

adjective

of or based on theory
lacking practical application or actual existence; hypothetical
using or dealing in theory; impractical

Derived forms of theoretical

theoretically, adverb
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Medical definitions for theoretical

theoretical
[ thē′ə-rĕtĭ-kəl ]

adj.

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