theoretical

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

Definition of theoretical

  1. 1a :  relating to or having the character of theory :  abstractb :  confined to theory or speculation often in contrast to practical applications :  speculative <theoretical physics>

  2. 2 :  given to or skilled in theorizing <a brilliant theoretical physicist>

  3. 3 :  existing only in theory :  hypothetical <gave as an example a theoretical situation>

Examples of theoretical in a sentence

  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.

Variants of theoretical

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theoretic

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Origin and Etymology of theoretical

Late Latin theoreticus, from Greek theōrētikos, from theōrein to look at


First Known Use: 1601



THEORETICAL Defined for English Language Learners

theoretical

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

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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