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>
: given to or skilled in theorizing <a brilliant theoretical physicist>
: existing only in theory : hypothetical <gave as an example a theoretical situation>
Examples of THEORETICAL
- On a theoretical level, hiring more people seems logical.
- The idea is purely theoretical at this point.
- The danger is more than just a theoretical possibility.
Origin of THEORETICAL
Late Latin theoreticus,
from Greek theōrētikos,
to look at
First Known Use: 1601
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