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, theory(noun)
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
They want to silence everyone, what happens when you sendout an email questioning, say, climate change and all of a sudden Gmail says, nah, we’re not deliver your email anymore. What, are you going to tell me that it is a conspiracy theory? I thought wiping Parler off the face of the Earth was a conspiracy too until I lived it.
It is quite literally the most ridiculous theory I've ever heard, that telling the voters what Trump's actual record is is deceitful and lying.
One microbial fuel cell costs about 1 pound ($2) to make, and we think that a small unit like the demo we have mocked up for this experiment could cost as little as 600 pounds to set up, which is a significant bonus as this technology is, in theory, everlasting.
There's a handful of people who have been here before, seen impeachment up close and personally. It's not a theory for them. There's only been two of these (previously) in the history of the country and they were in one of them.
What Ido know is that whether or not the president was briefed, frankly, is irrelevant because the intelligence agencies could not yet agree on this, if this is something, you need to have large agreement or at least [agreement] to a point of significant confidence to be able to take action.Otherwise, in theory, if its not true and youre reacting against the Russians, think of the damage of that.
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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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