Definition of theoretic in English:



  • another term for theoretical
    • ‘Many physicians use solutions that contain dextrose; however, it may be advisable to give thiamine first, because of the theoretic risk of Wernicke's encephalopathy.’
    • ‘The artistic and theoretic goals of the profession of architecture emerged in the early years of the twentieth century, and several of Maekawa's professors played significant roles in this evolution.’
    • ‘He concludes that any understanding of clinical medicine must be based on an analysis of the way physicians and patients interact rather than solely on a theoretic analysis of the nature of health and disease.’
    • ‘Many anecdotal reports and theoretic and research articles have been published on the psychological effects of spontaneous abortion.’
    • ‘This four-line poem could easily generate pages of analysis in different theoretic schools - Freudian, Feminist, New Historicists, Deconstructionist, etc.’
    • ‘They also review the theoretic mechanisms by which preemptive analgesia might desensitize the nervous system and thereby reduce pain perception and other untoward effects that can persist far beyond the recovery period.’
    • ‘We spent three years reviewing the scientific evidence about performance of the system, and found that typically we achieved 60% of theoretic potential.’
    • ‘Donald added: ‘the switch from a predominantly narrative mode of thought to a predominantly analytic or theoretic mode apparently requires a wrenching cultural transformation’.’
    • ‘Recently, Nopp and colleagues provided a theoretic framework supporting this convenient relationship, which was explored in this study as well as in a recent publication.’
    • ‘Steinmetz and Gabel have proposed a comprehensive theoretic model that describes three dimensions of care.’
    • ‘Contemporary Realists, often called Neorealists or Structural Realists, have sought to inject greater theoretic rigor by defining concepts more clearly and deriving testable hypotheses.’
    • ‘Because of the theoretic risk, guidelines state that precautions should be used to prevent rubella vaccine administration during pregnancy, but pregnancy testing before vaccination is not considered to be necessary.’
    • ‘In deciding whether to vaccinate a pregnant woman, the theoretic risks of vaccination must be weighed against the maternal and fetal risks associated with Japanese encephalitis infection, given the likelihood of exposure.’
    • ‘Apply theoretic models that have proved effective in changing high-risk behaviors, such as social influence theory or cognitive-behavior theory.’
    • ‘The theoretic coherence of their visionary practice is a testament to its reality.’
    • ‘As Donald notes, ‘Ancient Greece, from around 700 B.C., was undoubtedly the birthplace of theoretic civilization’.’
    • ‘The philosophical idea of civil society was revived as a political slogan and theoretic concept during the radical transformations in Eastern Europe in the 1990s, challenging both social policy and social theory.’
    • ‘Current data for rates of death, development of cervical cancer and outcomes of therapy were used to calculate the theoretic outcomes using separate analyses for all women, and black and white women.’
    • ‘Before initiating testosterone treatment, physicians should discuss the potential and theoretic risks, and individual risk and benefit assessments with the patient.’
    • ‘Because of the theoretic potential to exacerbate perforation, endoscopic examination is acutely contraindicated unless inflammatory bowel disease, ischemic colitis, or carcinoma is highly suspected.’


Early 17th century (in the sense ‘conjectural’): via late Latin from Greek theōrētikos, from theōrētos ‘that may be seen’, from theōrein (see theorem).