the·​o·​ret·​i·​cal·​ly | \ ˌthē-ə-ˈre-ti-k(ə-)lē How to pronounce theoretically (audio) , ˌthir-ˈe-ti-\

Definition of theoretically

1 : according to an ideal or assumed set of facts or principles : in theory
2 : in a theoretical way

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The idea is that while the man himself didn’t need an eternity to produce his enduring life’s work, a bunch of primates randomly pressing keys for eternity could theoretically eventually do it. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "4 Things That Might Be Easier Than Getting Donald Trump’s Tax Returns," 15 Apr. 2019 By placing them at sea, the country theoretically has a platform that could ride out—and therefore effectively deter—a first strike. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Is North Korea's Nuclear Missile Sub Ready to Set Sail?," 19 Dec. 2016 However, regularly holding in your pee can theoretically put you at higher risk for urinary tract infections. Kimberly Truong, SELF, "Is ‘Breaking the Seal’ When You Drink Alcohol Really a Thing?," 16 Mar. 2019 The queen remains the head of state and theoretically has still retains certain powers over Australian politics — much like her powers in Britain, which she is never meant to exercise. Rick Noack, The Seattle Times, "Australia tried its own government shutdown in 1975. The queen was not amused and it never happened again.," 2 Jan. 2019 Republicans theoretically have a lot of Senate pickup opportunities this year; Nelson is one of 10 Democrats up for reelection in a state that Trump won in 2016. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The charisma-free, extremely expensive Florida Senate race, explained," 3 Oct. 2018 An autonomous electric skate would also, theoretically at least, reduce accidents and traffic within the tunnel. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Boring Company approved to build a tunnel entrance inside a residential garage," 13 Sep. 2018 Once injected into a soldier who had been shot, the vaccine would theoretically reduce the pain from inflammation and swelling. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "Russia and China's "Enhanced Human Operations" Terrify the Pentagon," 16 Dec. 2015 This, theoretically, saves money in boring, debris removal, and tunnel lining materials. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Ars takes a first tour of the length of The Boring Company’s test tunnel," 19 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of theoretically

1701, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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