metatheory


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met·a·the·o·ry

 (mĕt′ə-thē′ə-rē, -thîr′ē)
n.
A theory devised to analyze theoretical systems.

metatheory

(ˈmɛtəˌθɪərɪ)
n
1. (Philosophy) philosophical discussion of the foundations, structure, or results of some theory, such as metamathematics
2. a formal system that describes the structure of some other system. See also metalanguage
metatheoretical adj
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