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 (thē′ə-rĕt′ĭ-kəl) also the·o·ret·ic (-rĕt′ĭk)
1. Of, relating to, or based on theory.
2. Restricted to theory; not practical or applied: theoretical physics.
3. Studying or working to develop theory.

[Late Latin theōrēticus, from Greek theōrētikos, from theōrētos, observable, from theōrein, to look at; see theorem.]

the′o·ret′i·cal·ly adv.
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(ˌθɪəˈrɛtɪkəl) or


1. of or based on theory
2. lacking practical application or actual existence; hypothetical
3. using or dealing in theory; impractical
ˌtheoˈretically adv
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(ˌθi əˈrɛt ɪ kəl)

also the`o•ret′ic,

1. of, pertaining to, or consisting in theory; not practical.
2. existing only in theory; hypothetical.
3. given to, forming, or dealing with theories; speculative.
[1610–20; theoretic (< Late Latin theōrēticus < Greek theōrētikós=theōrēt(ós) that may be seen (v. adj. of theōreîn to observe; see theorem) + -ikos -ic) + -al1]
the`o•ret′i•cal•ly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.theoretical - concerned primarily with theories or hypotheses rather than practical considerations; "theoretical science"
empirical, empiric - derived from experiment and observation rather than theory; "an empirical basis for an ethical theory"; "empirical laws"; "empirical data"; "an empirical treatment of a disease about which little is known"
2.theoretical - concerned with theories rather than their practical applications; "theoretical physics"
applied - concerned with concrete problems or data rather than with fundamental principles; "applied physics"; "applied psychology"; "technical problems in medicine, engineering, economics and other applied disciplines"- Sidney Hook
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2. hypothetical, academic, notional, unproven, conjectural, postulatory There is a theoretical risk, but there is seldom a problem.
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1. Existing only in concept and not in reality:
2. Concerned primarily with theories rather than practical matters:
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[θɪəˈretɪkəl] ADJ (gen) → teórico
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[ˌθiːəˈrɛtɪkəl] adjthéorique
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[θɪəˈrɛtɪkl] theoretic [θɪəˈrɛtɪk] adj (Science) → teoretico/a; (possibility) → teorico/a
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(ˈθiəri) plural ˈtheories noun
1. an idea or explanation which has not yet been proved to be correct. There are many theories about the origin of life; In theory, I agree with you, but it would not work in practice.
2. the main principles and ideas in an art, science etc as opposed to the practice of actually doing it. A musician has to study both the theory and practice of music.
ˌtheoˈretical (-ˈreti-) adjective
ˌtheoˈretically (-ˈreti-)
ˈtheorize, ˈtheorise verb
to make theories. He did not know what had happened, so he could only theorize about it.
ˈtheorist noun
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a. teórico-a, rel. a una teoría.
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"...In the following cases: physical defect in the married parties, desertion without communication for five years," he said, crooking a short finger covered with hair, "adultery" (this word he pronounced with obvious satisfaction), "subdivided as follows" (he continued to crook his fat fingers, though the three cases and their subdivisions could obviously not be classified together): "physical defect of the husband or of the wife, adultery of the husband or of the wife." As by now all his fingers were used up, he uncrooked all his fingers and went on: "This is the theoretical view; but I imagine you have done me the honor to apply to me in order to learn its application in practice.
Having offended Queen Elizabeth by his boldness in successfully opposing an encroachment on the rights of the House of Commons, Bacon connected himself with the Earl of Essex and received from him many favors; but when Essex attempted a treasonable insurrection in 1601, Bacon, as one of the Queen's lawyers, displayed against him a subservient zeal which on theoretical grounds of patriotism might appear praiseworthy, but which in view of his personal obligations was grossly indecent.
There are features in the Constitution which warrant each of these suppositions; and as far as either of them is well founded, it shows that the convention must have been compelled to sacrifice theoretical propriety to the force of extraneous considerations.
The theoretical conclusions of the Communists are in no way based on ideas or principles that have been invented, or discovered, by this or that would-be universal reformer.

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