a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world; an organized system of accepted knowledge that applies in a variety of circumstances to explain a specific set of phenomena
"theories can incorporate facts and laws and tested hypotheses"; "true in fact and theory"
hypothesis, possibility, theorynoun
a tentative insight into the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena
"a scientific hypothesis that survives experimental testing becomes a scientific theory"; "he proposed a fresh theory of alkalis that later was accepted in chemical practices"
a belief that can guide behavior
"the architect has a theory that more is less"; "they killed him on the theory that dead men tell no tales"
Mental conception; reflection, consideration.
A coherent statement or set of ideas that explains observed facts or phenomena, or which sets out the laws and principles of something known or observed; a hypothesis confirmed by observation, experiment etc.
The underlying principles or methods of a given technical skill, art etc., as opposed to its practice.
A field of study attempting to exhaustively describe a particular class of constructs.
Knot theory classifies the mappings of a circle into 3-space.
A hypothesis or conjecture.
A set of axioms together with all statements derivable from them. Equivalently, a formal language plus a set of axioms (from which can then be derived theorems).
A theory is consistent if it has a model.
a doctrine, or scheme of things, which terminates in speculation or contemplation, without a view to practice; hypothesis; speculation
an exposition of the general or abstract principles of any science; as, the theory of music
the science, as distinguished from the art; as, the theory and practice of medicine
the philosophical explanation of phenomena, either physical or moral; as, Lavoisier's theory of combustion; Adam Smith's theory of moral sentiments
Theory is a contemplative and rational type of abstract or generalizing thinking, or the results of such thinking. Depending on the context, the results might for example include generalized explanations of how nature works. The word has its roots in ancient Greek, but in modern use it has taken on several different related meanings. A theory is not the same as a hypothesis, as a theory is a 'proven' hypothesis, that, in other words, has never been disproved through experiment, and has a basis in fact. One modern group of meanings emphasizes the speculative and generalizing nature of theory. For example in the arts and philosophy, the term "theoretical" may be used to describe ideas and empirical phenomena which are not easily measurable. And by extension of the philosophical meaning, "theoria" is also a word still used in theological contexts. As already in Aristotle's definitions, theory is very often contrasted to "practice" a Greek term for "doing", which is opposed to theory because pure theory involves no doing apart from itself. A classical example of the distinction between theoretical and practical uses the discipline of medicine: medical theory involves trying to understand the causes and nature of health and sickness, while the practical side of medicine is trying to make people healthy. These two things are related but can be independent, because it is possible to research health and sickness without curing specific patients, and it is possible to cure a patient without knowing how the cure worked.
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The consensus, idea, plan, story, or set of rules that is currently being used to inform a behavior. This usage is a generalization and (deliberate) abuse of the technical meaning. “What's the theory on fixing this TECO loss?” “What's the theory on dinner tonight?” (“Chinatown, I guess.”) “What's the current theory on letting lusers on during the day?” “The theory behind this change is to fix the following well-known screw....”
A conceptual framework established for a given phenomenon.
Theory of motivation
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Rank popularity for the word 'theory' in Nouns Frequency: #228
The numerical value of theory in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of theory in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
The 2,000-word summation of a 30-minute phone call released by White House makes clear that days after the President ordered the delay of Congressionally-appropriated military assistance to Ukraine, he implored the President of Ukraine to work with his personal attorney to manufacture a smear against a domestic political opponent, using a malicious conspiracy theory that has been universally debunked by every independent outlet that has looked at it.
God runs electromagnetics by wave theory on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and the Devil runs them by quantum theory on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
Our theory is not that he planned this suicide -- more that it was like a traffic accident, many things happened and came into the same station, so to say, and brought him out of his control.
This will significantly constrain the NY AG's reach, yes, the AG can sue on a common law fraud theory and have six years, but then it must prove much more, including an intent to defraud.
One theory is that in ancestors of humans, orgasm occurred more easily because its function was to cause ovulation to occur. This happens in many animals, once the monthly menstrual cycle began regulating ovulation, orgasm was no longer coupled with reproduction for women. This allowed ability and ease of orgasm becoming more variable in women over millions of years and is why orgasm frequency is much more variable in women than in men.
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- teoriaCatalan, Valencian
- نظریه, تئوریPersian
- beachd-smaoinScottish Gaelic
- teoriHaitian Creole
- 学説, 定理, 憶測, 理論, 推論, 見解, 推測Japanese
- teorie, teoriiRomanian
- теория, гипотезаRussian
- tèōrija, тѐо̄ријаSerbo-Croatian
- teorod, teorVolapük
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