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

Examples of theoretically in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There is only so much humans can do on their own, and if attacks theoretically happen once a quarter, organizations don’t have months to spend getting out of one attack, only to transition into directly dealing with the impact from the next one. Nikhil Gupta, Forbes, 9 Aug. 2022 While the 9-year-old in the Linnard Street shooting theoretically could have been charged under the old law, experts said, questions likely would arise about whether a child that young could be considered competent to stand trial. Darcy Costello, Baltimore Sun, 8 Aug. 2022 The theoretically game-changing potential of quantum computers stems from their ability to harness the strange properties of quantum mechanics. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 5 Aug. 2022 These findings could theoretically pave the way for future human exploration and potentially even long-term habitation of the Moon. Sam Zlotnik, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Aug. 2022 Beijing could theoretically try to coerce Taiwan into unification with a more limited operation, such as an air-sea blockade or the seizure of Taiwan’s small offshore islands. Michael Beckley, WSJ, 4 Aug. 2022 Painting the asphalt white would theoretically nip that process in the bud, and lead to cooler air temperatures. Angela Dewan, CNN, 4 Aug. 2022 The four-time MVP could also theoretically ask for a one-year deal worth around $47 million. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 3 Aug. 2022 So what about a system where, theoretically, each of ten atoms could be positioned anywhere on the dial? Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 1 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of theoretically

1701, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Theoretically.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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