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theoretical

adjective the·o·ret·i·cal \ˌthē-ə-ˈre-ti-kəl, ˌthir-ˈe-\

: relating to what is possible or imagined rather than to what is known to be true or real

: relating to the general principles or ideas of a subject rather than the practical uses of those ideas

Full Definition of THEORETICAL

1
a :  relating to or having the character of theory :  abstract
b :  confined to theory or speculation often in contrast to practical applications :  speculative <theoretical physics>
2
:  given to or skilled in theorizing <a brilliant theoretical physicist>
3
:  existing only in theory :  hypothetical <gave as an example a theoretical situation>

Variants of THEORETICAL

the·o·ret·i·cal also the·o·ret·ic \-tik\

Examples of THEORETICAL

  1. On a theoretical level, hiring more people seems logical.
  2. The idea is purely theoretical at this point.
  3. The danger is more than just a theoretical possibility.

Origin of THEORETICAL

Late Latin theoreticus, from Greek theōrētikos, from theōrein to look at
First Known Use: 1601

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