Definition of theoretical in English: theoretical
adjective 1 Concerned 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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‘The two-hour sessions are split in half; the first theoretical, the second practical.’ ‘Then he could acquire the practical skills to go with his theoretical knowledge.’ ‘Excuse me for for butting in… But does it matter if a theoretical framework is unfalsifiable?’ ‘To do this it is helpful to detail briefly the theoretical framework within which these questions were grounded.’ ‘Oskar Klein died in Stockholm, one of the finest theoretical physicists of the twentieth century.’ ‘HNDs are much more vocational than degrees and can often be more practical rather than theoretical.’ ‘The preceding chapters have been concerned with the theoretical sciences.’ ‘This point is most clear in the area of theoretical science, though it has much broader application.’ ‘These majors were too theoretical and impractical, so that it would have been hard to find a job.’ ‘However he was also very active in applications of mathematics to theoretical physics.’ ‘Zhukovskii was concerned both with theoretical and with experimental aspects of the subject.’ ‘In addition to the theoretical course, he had four years' experience working with horses.’ ‘His careful study of military affairs had been as much theoretical as practical.’ ‘The PR guy said she was tipped as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists of her generation.’ ‘I guess I'm interested in this question more from a theoretical than practical standpoint.’ ‘In theoretical science, we have no reason to suppose that we are ever talking about anything.’ ‘Studies up to that point were entirely theoretical and lacked any real practical application.’ ‘Another area of mathematics that is full of rough estimates is theoretical computer science.’ ‘Will there be no work left for theoretical physicists to do in the twenty-first century?’ 1.1 Based on or calculated through theory rather than experience or practice. ‘the theoretical value of their work’
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‘Galen believed that medicine required both practical and theoretical elements.’ ‘His basic research laid the foundation for many later theoretical and practical developments.’ ‘Wilson's essay is desperately keen to convey her theoretical vision of the world.’ ‘The concerns of the literati were practical was well as theoretical.’ ‘These books will be exemplars of empirical study and theoretical understanding.’ ‘For Marx the unity of theory and practice meant the resolution of theoretical problems by practical activity.’ ‘Experimental tests with aquatic species have backed up the theoretical predictions.’ ‘Yet this trend raises a number of important issues, both theoretical and practical.’ ‘It also considers the theoretical and practical powers and constraints on a Prime Minister.’ ‘There is a strong theoretical and practical case for free trade and the economic benefits it brings.’ ‘Now the lost work is regarded as a masterpiece with a theoretical value of £300,000.’ ‘It is clear that Laurent was a good engineer, putting his deep theoretical knowledge to good practical use.’ ‘Freud constantly revised his theories in view of theoretical concerns and new data.’ ‘This is not to suggest that research is entirely dictated by theoretical concerns.’ ‘It takes real guts to stop being just a critic of the system and come up with solutions, both practical and theoretical.’ ‘Moreover the concern is an intensely practical one, rather than theoretical.’ ‘And he also identified a desire to work on real rather than theoretical problems.’ ‘The session included experience-based, theoretical, and practical aspects.’ ‘This is, of course, a theoretical calculation, but one which graphically illustrates the point.’ ‘How wonderful it would be if all theoretical conclusion equated with the practical reality.’ Synonyms
hypothetical , conjectural, academic, suppositional, speculative, notional, postulatory, conjectured, imagined, assumed, presumed, untested, unproven, unsubstantiated
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theoretical /THēəˈredək(ə)l/