Definition of theoretical
2 : given to or skilled in theorizing a brilliant theoretical physicist
3 : existing only in theory : hypothetical gave as an example a theoretical situation
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.
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
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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