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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So that’s where newcomers theoretically will have to try their luck if the new proposal becomes law. Leonid Bershidsky, Twin Cities, "Leonid Bershidsky: Berlin’s rent cap is a case of communist amnesia," 13 Sep. 2019 The everyday lineups will be populated by young, inexperienced players; theoretically, those players should improve with increased time with the Tigers. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers mailbag: Here are some answers to your rebuilding questions," 6 Sep. 2019 That means that scientists could theoretically grow corn and sugar on Mars, and use the waste to create the composite. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Cabin Was Built for Mars—But You Can Test it Out in Upstate New York," 4 Sep. 2019 The Musical, which hyperactively slices through over 80 songs in a dizzying array of Top 40 hits to create a theoretically cohesive Broadway underscore for a new stage production based on the fever-dream movie? Alex Suskind,, "EW Pop Shop: Lana Del Rey is blue, a rare Lauryn Hill feature, and more songs you'll love," 30 Aug. 2019 In breaks from his prize-winning work, Rubbia envisioned a 5000-ton detector that would watch for an event expected to be theoretically possible, although vanishingly rare: the decay of the proton. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Resurrected detector will hunt for some of the strangest particles in the universe," 8 Aug. 2019 Less likely but still theoretically possible would be nominations for House of Cards’ sixth and final season (the show also sat out the 2018 Emmys) or the penultimate season of Orange Is the New Black. Emily Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The 2019 Emmys drama race is wide open, thanks (in part) to Game of Thrones," 15 July 2019 Tapping the Tides Energy found in waves off the U.S. coast could theoretically supply the equivalent of about 66% of U.S. electricity generation in 2017, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Shweta Narayan, Smithsonian, "How Engineers of New Energy Technology Are Taking Cues From Nature," 31 Aug. 2019 The team recently gave him a contract extension, which theoretically should’ve been a nice moment of validation for a player who’s had to constantly prove himself since high school. Hayden Bird,, "Late bloomer Matt Turner a fixture in net," 30 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of theoretically

1701, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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