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ˌθi əˈrɛt ɪ kəlThe·o·ret·i·cal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. theoretical, theoreticadjective

    concerned primarily with theories or hypotheses rather than practical considerations

    "theoretical science"

  2. theoreticaladjective

    concerned with theories rather than their practical applications

    "theoretical physics"


  1. theoreticaladjective

    Of or relating to theory; abstract; not empirical.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Theoretical, Theoretick, Theorical, Theorickadjective

    Speculative; depending on theory or speculation; terminating in theory or speculation; not practical.

    Etymology: theorique, Fr. from ϑεωρία.

    When he speaks,
    The air, a charter’d libertine, is still;
    And the mute wonder lurketh in mens ears,
    To steal his sweet and honied sentences:
    So that the act and practick part of life
    Must be the mistress to this theorique. William Shakespeare.

    The theorical part of the inquiry being interwoven with the historical conjectures, the philosophy of colours will be promoted by indisputable experiments. Robert Boyle, on Colours.

    For theoretical learning and sciences there is nothing yet complete. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Theoreticaladjective

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

British National Corpus

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    Rank popularity for the word 'Theoretical' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3184

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Theoretical' in Adjectives Frequency: #442

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Theoretical in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Theoretical in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Theoretical in a Sentence

  1. Herbert Carlisle:

    You've got to get past just the theoretical ... to get it into the fog and friction of a dynamic environment that is changing rapidly.

  2. Slawek Tulaczyk:

    Just by measuring the seawater properties, we will be able to verify the theoretical predictions people have been making for decades now, i think this will be the reference point for what the conditions are at grounding lines. I'm quite confident that it's not representative of every place, but it establishes a baseline.

  3. Eric Rubin:

    Regulators have to weigh risk and benefit. And in this case, we know a lot about the risks in older individuals, and they're very low, including older children, it doesn't have to be that great, as long as we have something that's safe, and then a theoretical benefit could be that you are set up well for future vaccines. But having said all that, it does seem like a very unusual route to take.

  4. Mr Enriquez:

    You can make the world’s flu vaccine in a week instead of a year. And by the way, this is no longer theoretical.

  5. Richard Phillips Feynman:

    The theoretical broadening which comes from having many humanities subjects on the campus is offset by the general dopiness of the people who study these things...

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