Definition of theoretical in English:

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Pronunciation: /THēəˈredək(ə)l/


1Concerned with or involving the theory of a subject or area of study rather than its practical application: a theoretical physicist the training is task-related 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.
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.

Words that rhyme with theoretical

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

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Syllabification: the·o·ret·i·cal

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