the·​o·​re·​ti·​cian | \ ˌthē-ə-rə-ˈti-shən How to pronounce theoretician (audio) , -re-; ˌthir-ə- \

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Recent Examples on the Web Professor Hopkins, a formidable theoretician, provided the ideas; Dr. Kapany, more technically minded, figured out the practical side. New York Times, "Narinder S. Kapany, ‘Father of Fiber Optics,’ Dies at 94," 7 Jan. 2021 And the wee Mazda, whose small, light rotary engine sits mostly behind the front wheels, delivers exactly the 50/50 weight distribution that's lauded for handling balance by vehicledynamics theoreticians. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, "Comparison Test: 1993 Toyota Supra Turbo Takes On the Best Sports Cars of the Early 1990s," 12 May 2020 More power to the brave theoreticians who are willing to attempt it! Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘Natural Law and Elegant Math’," 17 Jan. 2020 At a meeting a few years ago in Los Alamos, Johnson explained his dilemma to a group of theoreticians. Quanta Magazine, "Artificial Intelligence Takes On Earthquake Prediction," 19 Sep. 2019 These observations became grist for the theoreticians — wonky types who like nothing better than to solve nature’s riddles. Seth Shostak, NBC News, "Fast radio bursts from space have baffled scientists for years. But an explanation may come soon.," 3 Sep. 2019 Three former central bankers – not academics, not professors, not theoreticians – are saying that central bankers are out of ammunition, and that politicians won’t be able to muster enough fiscal firepower to resuscitate growth. Washington Post, "Is the ECB Poised to Fire Up the Whirlybird?," 20 Aug. 2019 Once there’s an abundance of data, the theoreticians can usually cook up the correct explanation pretty quickly. Seth Shostak, NBC News, "Fast radio bursts from space have baffled scientists for years. But an explanation may come soon.," 3 Sep. 2019 As machines make discovery faster, people may come to see theoreticians as extraneous, superfluous, and hopelessly behind the times. Jonathan Zittrain, The New Yorker, "The Hidden Costs of Automated Thinking," 23 July 2019

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1886, in the meaning defined above

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“Theoretician.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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