theoretically

adverb

the·​o·​ret·​i·​cal·​ly ˌthē-ə-ˈre-ti-k(ə-)lē How to pronounce theoretically (audio)
ˌthir-ˈe-ti-
1
: according to an ideal or assumed set of facts or principles : in theory
2
: in a theoretical way

Examples of theoretically in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Thus, theoretically, someone banned from one airline can still fly on another. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 26 May 2024 The timing, theoretically, aligns perfectly for the league to capitalize off the buzz generated from American teams at the Summer Olympics in Paris. Luca Evans, Orange County Register, 21 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for theoretically 

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Word History

First Known Use

1701, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of theoretically was in 1701

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“Theoretically.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/theoretically. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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