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Line breaks: the¦or¦et|ic¦al
Pronunciation: /θɪəˈrɛtɪk(ə)l

Definition of theoretical in English:


1Concerned with or involving the theory of a subject or area of study rather than its practical application: a theoretical physicist the training is practical rather than theoretical
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  • This point is most clear in the area of theoretical science, though it has much broader application.
  • HNDs are much more vocational than degrees and can often be more practical rather than theoretical.
  • However he was also very active in applications of mathematics to theoretical physics.
not practical, conceptual, abstract, pure
1.1Based on or calculated through theory rather than experience or practice: the theoretical value of their work
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  • The session included experience-based, theoretical, and practical aspects.
  • Now the lost work is regarded as a masterpiece with a theoretical value of £300,000.
  • This is, of course, a theoretical calculation, but one which graphically illustrates the point.



[sentence adverb]: theoretically we might expect this to be true
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  • America still theoretically adhered to the principles of liberty, equality and fraternity.
  • The number of aberrations observed in these segments was three to five times higher than theoretically expected.
  • So it would be very uncommon for a person to get it from another person, although it is theoretically possible.

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