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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"

Wiktionary

  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.

ChatGPT

  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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Numerology

  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. Mark Twain:

    In Marseilles they make half the toilet soap we consume in America, but the Marseillaise only have a vague theoretical idea of its use, which they have obtained from books of travel.

  2. 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.

  3. Michael Fries:

    Structural solutions rather than theoretical ones seem to be the order of the day.

  4. Subo Dong:

    Like many mysteries in astronomy, it may take years, if not decades, of observational and theoretical efforts to unravel it.

  5. Peter Hotez:

    It's more of a theoretical concern, but it's something to keep in mind, i think I would be concerned about taking this drug if I were pregnant.

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