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actual vs. theoretical

[ ak-choo-uhl ]
/ ˈæk tʃu əl /

adjective
  1. existing in act or fact; real: an actual case of heroism; actual expenses.
  2. existing now; present; current: The ship's actual position is 22 miles due east of Miami.
  3. pertaining to or involving acts or action.
[ thee-uh-ret-i-kuhl ]
/ ˌθi əˈrɛt ɪ kəl /

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or consisting in theory; not practical (distinguished from applied).
  2. existing only in theory; hypothetical.
  3. given to, forming, or dealing with theories; speculative.

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