Definition of theoretical
3 : given to or skilled in theorizing a brilliant theoretical physicist
Examples of theoretical in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of theoretical from the Web
Those dire predictions have moved beyond theoretical in recent years as tidewaters have been rising higher and into more neighborhoods from the Keys to Palm Beach County.
Steve Koonin, a theoretical physicist and currently the director of the Center for Urban Science and Progress at New York University, agreed with this assessment.
Uber has created vast theoretical fortunes and helped remake the American economy.
This online survey is not based on a probability sample, and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.
The weird thing was, as the work progressed, everything was theoretical and written down which was so unusual for me, being used to hearing everything from the first drum kick.
Kaiser thinks small projects, especially theoretical research that perhaps doesn’t require as much in equipment and staff costs, will take advantage of crowdfunding more and more.
Meanwhile, Kip Thorne, a scientist at Caltech, has investigated the theoretical behavior of wormholes, examining their potential as shortcuts through interstellar space.
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Origin and Etymology of theoretical
Late Latin theoreticus, from Greek theōrētikos, from theōrein to look at
First Known Use: 1601See Words from the same year
THEORETICAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of theoretical for English Language Learners
: 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
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