- 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, II.2.4:
- Jucundus [...] confesseth of himself, that he was mightily delighted with these husbandry studies, and took extraordinary pleasure in them: if the theoric or speculation can so much affect, what shall the place and exercise, the practic part, do?
(comparative more theoric, superlative most theoric)
- Relating to the Ancient Greek Theorica.
From Old French theorique, probably from Medieval Latin *theōrica, from Ancient Greek θεωρική (theōrikē).