theoretician

noun

the·​o·​re·​ti·​cian ˌthē-ə-rə-ˈti-shən How to pronounce theoretician (audio)
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Examples of theoretician in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Within Islam, this tradition reaches back past al Qaeda and the twentieth-century theoreticians of jihad, through the rise of the ultraconservative movement of Wahhabism in the eighteenth century, and has its roots in ancient strains of Sunni theological thought. Hisham Melhem, Foreign Affairs, 1 Nov. 2015 By 1983, the W and Z bosons had their masses determined, providing an experimental validation of some of the predictions made by the theoreticians. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 9 Apr. 2024 More profoundly, the party’s theoreticians regard Western institutions as inherently alien to Muslim society, which under the AKP is Turkey’s most salient feature. Steven A. Cook, Foreign Affairs, 23 Apr. 2015 Its discovery allowed theoreticians to turn their attention to the vast portion of the universe that remained unexplained, as well as esoteric ideas such as the possibility of parallel universes. Reuters, CNN, 9 Apr. 2024 But for now, theoreticians are mainly interested in figuring out how fast the process can ever be. Quanta Magazine, 7 Mar. 2024 Part practical problem-solver and part esoteric theoretician, Brian Eno has been involved as a musician and producer on some of the most influential music of the past 50 years, a daunting list of collaborators that redefined pop: Roxy Music, David Bowie, Talking Heads, Devo and U2. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 18 Jan. 2024 As a theoretician, though, he is used to tackling big ideas. Adam Frank, Discover Magazine, 12 July 2023 As the impresario of Nixon’s historic opening to China and as the theoretician of détente with the Soviet Union, Dr. Kissinger earned much of the credit for seismic policy shifts that redirected the course of world affairs. Thomas W. Lippman, Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of theoretician was in 1886

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“Theoretician.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/theoretician. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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