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
However, there was a theoretical best lap of 2:11 according to the Traqmate (compared with an actual best lap of 2:14.4).
With the election of Donald Trump the theoretical ideas behind federalism have taken on new urgency.
The acronym is also a nod to Paul Dirac, the English theoretical physicist who predicted the existence of antimatter.
Then there’s the Palestinian demand for refugees, including millions of descendants, to have at least theoretical rights to return to Israel — a non-starter for most Israelis.
There is some theoretical sense to the way the Bulls have changed shape, if not so much in the talent calculus of this deal.
And this issue is not just theoretical — nearly a dozen private university LGBT students have alleged discrimination over the past five years, particularly at religious-affiliated institutions.
But there’s reason to think Kushner’s search is about more than his current lawyer’s theoretical conflict of interest.
The play’s atomic structure is founded on such theoretical insight.
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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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