in theory

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of in theory

1 used to say what should happen or be true if a theory is correct
  • In theory, the reading skills of the students should improve.
2 used to say that something seems to be true or possible as an idea but may not actually be true or possible
  • I agree with you in theory, but realistically I don't think we have the time to do that.

Word by Word Definitions

theory play
  1. : a plausible or scientifically acceptable general principle or body of principles offered to explain phenomena

  2. : a belief, policy, or procedure proposed or followed as the basis of action

  3. : an ideal or hypothetical set of facts, principles, or circumstances


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