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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.


  1. theoretical

    Theoretical refers to something that is based on theories or principles and not connected with practical or concrete implementation. It involves ideas, concepts, and intellectual reasoning rather than practical application or physical actions. Often, it includes abstract or philosophical thinking that helps in understanding and explaining a particular phenomenon or subject matter.

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

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    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. Bill Gross:

    The reason nominal growth is critical is that it allows a country, company or individual to service their debts with increasing income, allocating a portion to interest expense and another portion to theoretical or practical principal repayment via a sinking fund, without the latter, a credit-based economy ultimately -devolves into Ponzi finance, and at some point implodes. Watch nominal GDP growth.

  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. Brian Greer:

    It makes sense to me that this has been going on since the second the FBI identified those documents, those risk mitigation efforts are different than a formal assessment, which is going to be analytical in nature and look at not only immediate damage but also damage in the long term — it's both concrete and theoretical.

  4. Alastair Mactaggart:

    How does she know Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's not going to use Facebook to identify the swing voters in the different states to make sure that it's not her that gets the Democratic nomination, right ? and look, I don't think they would be stupid enough to do that now. But until yesterday I thought it was more of a theoretical possibility.

  5. David Cockfield:

    I think a lot of people are just sitting on the sidelines, seeing what happens next ... The markets had declined in anticipation of what happened, all the concerns are really the over-the-horizon, if Greece goes, does somebody else go in the euro zone? It's more theoretical than real.

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