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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. Martin Dolan:

    It's almost impossible to get your head around the scale of what's involved here, if you take the theoretical maximum of the possible area for the aircraft – 1.1 (or) 1.2 million sq km – you're talking about orders or magnitude in terms of cost and time above what we're currently doing, and that's something that governments will obviously have to bear in mind.

  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. 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.

  4. Nils Andreas Stensønes:

    We are ecologically worried. This is not only a theoretical thing: in fact, we have seen serious accidents in the last few years, the potential of a nuclear contamination is absolutely there.

  5. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer:

    You try to do your best, you do your best to have some of what I call 'imaginative understanding' of how a decision will affect people in this country, because this is not a theoretical exercise. This is an exercise that affects Americans all across the country.

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