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 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 Burnham’s foil, and Mr. Kirchheimer’s hero, was another Chicago architect: Louis Sullivan, a brilliant draftsman and theoretician often identified as the father of the modern skyscraper. A.o. Scott, New York Times, "Review: ‘Tall’ Is a Little Movie About How Buildings Got So Big," 17 Jan. 2018 Muslim Brotherhood theoretician Sayyid Qutb drinks a cup of water behind bars in Cairo, 1966. Michael B. Mukasey, WSJ, "The Jihad Against ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’," 17 Dec. 2018 And some of the most exciting ideas that theoreticians are coming up with have steadfastly refused to submit to any form of experimental testing. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "How long can a neutron survive outside an atom?," 14 May 2018 How can a theoretician choose a good model in the absence of data? Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Lost in Math," 29 Apr. 2018 Until the early 1970s, few theoreticians fitted such a description—most of them were taking inspiration from the results of experiments. Graham Farmelo, WSJ, "‘Lost in Math’ Review: The Beauty Myth," 22 June 2018

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1886, in the meaning defined above

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