theoretically

adverb
the·o·ret·i·cal·ly | \ ˌthē-ə-ˈre-ti-k(ə-)lē , 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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Most potential population structures didn’t seem theoretically capable of being strong amplifiers. John Rennie, WIRED, "This Mutation Math Shows How Life Keeps on Evolving," 1 July 2018 This would limit the damage North Korea’s nuclear arsenal could theoretically do, particularly by constraining its ability to strike the US mainland. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The real reason Trump’s North Korea summit failed," 24 May 2018 For Rick, the homage is bittersweet, considering younger entertainers like Tyson Beckford and Aventura have already been inducted and have theoretically done far less than The Ruler. Kathy Iandoli, Billboard, "Slick Rick Looks Back at His Three-Decade Legacy Since 'Great Adventures,' Hints at New Music on the Way," 21 May 2018 Sharonda Williams, the most recent chairwoman of the RTA, says that could theoretically be done through a multi-parish cooperative endeavor agreement. Beau Evans, NOLA.com, "How does the New Orleans area get true regional transit?," 20 May 2018 But both men thought the asteroid impact scenario was the most intriguing because mankind could theoretically do something to prevent one. Nina Burleigh, Newsweek, "We Can Save Ourselves From Earth-Killing Asteroids, But Someone Has to Pay," 11 June 2015 Acquiring a traditional entertainment company could theoretically mean some advantages, like revenue diversification, for tech firms. Keach Hagey, WSJ, "Deal or No Deal: The Shadow Over Sun Valley," 13 July 2018 The mechanism by which Britain leaves the E.U., which is known as Article 50, has already been triggered and is theoretically irreversible. NBC News, "Brexit chaos: What happens next for British PM Theresa May?," 10 July 2018 There was still time left, still theoretically a chance for a Brazil equalizer, but at that moment the game was won, and Belgium was on its way to a first World Cup semifinal in 32 years. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "Belgium's Golden Generation Shines Brightest in Ousting Brazil From World Cup," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of theoretically

1701, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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