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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That means every smart car could theoretically be broken into and controlled on some level by savvy hackers, criminals or worse. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Here's how hackers are making your Tesla, GM and Chrysler less vulnerable to attack," 5 July 2019 The worry is that real moves toward impeaching Trump will embolden his supporters, theoretically damaging the strong hand Democrats appear to hold heading into the presidential election. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Do Democrats Really Want To See Trump’s Tax Returns?," 5 July 2019 Still, a win over the only team to beat Hartford twice this season could theoretically spark an early summer run. Shawn Mcfarland,, "Hartford Athletic looks to avenge losses to Memphis in final road game before Dillon Stadium opener," 2 July 2019 Even senior leaders who theoretically love their jobs are by no means immune from the risks of burnout and general exhaustion. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "Why it’s so dangerous when star employees check out," 2 July 2019 All will then be ended, theoretically at least, but there is abundant prospect of a hangover that will sustain the effect for some additional days. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: Prohibition closed 55 saloons in San Diego 100 years ago today," 30 June 2019 In late June 2017, Pau Gasol opted out of the last year of his contract, a move that theoretically could have given the Spurs the salary cap space to lure Chris Paul to San Antonio. Mike Finger,, "Two years later, Spurs learning what they missed," 22 June 2019 That this route is theoretically secured does not mean that passage is guaranteed. Robert Draper, National Geographic, "How a trip through the Sahara reflects Niger’s fragile state," 13 June 2019 It’s also theoretically possible to get methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which is basically a staph infection that’s resistant to antibiotics, the CDC explains. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "Yes, You Really Should Wear Shower Shoes in the Gym Locker Room," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of theoretically

1701, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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