[ thee-uh-ret-ik-lee ]
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  1. in principle; according to reasonable assumptions or rules, as opposed to what actually happens: Theoretically they are free to work, but in practice they can’t because we do not recognize their credentials.

  2. in a way that is purely speculative; hypothetically: It seems that theoretically the central bank could constrain government spending by allowing treasury checks to bounce.

  1. according to, or in a way that relates to, a scientific theory: An alloy with a particular composition can be modeled to determine theoretically whether it has suitable mechanical and physical properties for medical applications.

  2. in a way that relates to the set of principles or methods belonging to a particular subject, art, or activity:Taking classes in all four fields—politics, economics, history, and culture—allows students to be grounded theoretically in the humanities and social sciences.

Origin of theoretically


Other words from theoretically

  • an·ti·the·o·ret·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • non·the·o·ret·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • un·the·o·ret·i·cal·ly, adverb

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