Definition of theoretical in English:

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theoretical

Pronunciation: /θɪəˈrɛtɪk(ə)l/

adjective

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
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
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.
Synonyms
hypothetical, conjectural, academic, suppositional, speculative, notional, postulatory, conjectured, imagined, assumed, presumed, untested, unproven, unsubstantiated
rare suppositious, suppositive, ideational

Words that rhyme with theoretical

alphabetical, arithmetical, heretical, hypothetical, metathetical, metical, parenthetical, poetical, prophetical, reticle, synthetical

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