Definitions for theoreticalˌθi əˈrɛt ɪ kəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

the•o•ret•i•calˌθi əˈrɛt ɪ kəl(adj.)

also the`o•ret′ic

  1. of, pertaining to, or consisting in theory; not practical .

  2. existing only in theory; hypothetical.

  3. given to, forming, or dealing with theories; speculative.

Origin of theoretical:

1610–20; theoretic (< LL theōrēticus < Gk theōrētikós=theōrēt(ós) that may be seen (v. adj. of theōreîn to observe; see theorem ) + -ikos -ic ) + -al1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. theoretical, theoretic(adj)

    concerned primarily with theories or hypotheses rather than practical considerations

    "theoretical science"

  2. theoretical(adj)

    concerned with theories rather than their practical applications

    "theoretical physics"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. theoretical(adjective)ˌθi əˈrɛt ɪ kəl

    based on theory, not on fact or experience

    a theoretical prediction; Theoretically it is possible, but no one's ever seen it.


  1. theoretical(Adjective)

    Of or relating to theory; abstract; not empirical.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Theoretical(adj)

    pertaining to theory; depending on, or confined to, theory or speculation; speculative; terminating in theory or speculation: not practical; as, theoretical learning; theoretic sciences

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