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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Recent Examples on the Web Given the almost unimaginable wealth that some billionaires have, the Warren plan could theoretically raise a lot of revenue. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 8 June 2021 So registration theoretically speeds up the process of bringing hundreds of thousands of soldiers into the military. Amy Rutenberg, The Conversation, 7 June 2021 However, crowdfunding still carries a stigma in biotech — so appearing on the show could, theoretically, hurt a company’s ability to raise money from more traditional investors in the future. Kate Sheridan, STAT, 7 June 2021 Congress theoretically has broad powers to prevent racial discrimination in voting laws under the Fifteenth Amendment. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 14 May 2021 The new policy could theoretically preclude almost any foot chase, Catanzara said. Annie Sweeney,, 29 May 2021 The vessel has a touted max speed of just shy of 19 knots and could theoretically cover 10,000 nautical miles while traveling at the leisurely cruising speed of 10 knots. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 28 May 2021 Although the commission could theoretically investigate human rights violations by all parties, the resolution creating it does not mention Hamas or other Palestinian militant groups. New York Times, 27 May 2021 As Yahoo Sports writer Henry Bushnell explains here, if Japan cancels, the IOC could, theoretically, take Tokyo to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland seeking damages that run into tens of billions of dollars. Fortune, 27 May 2021

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First Known Use of theoretically

1701, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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12 Jun 2021

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“Theoretically.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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