in theory

Definition of in theory

  1. 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. 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

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

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

    :  a hypothesis assumed for the sake of argument or investigation


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