Theoretical meaning

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The definition of theoretical is something that is based on an assumption or opinion.

An example of theoretical is lower interest rates will boost the housing market.

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Of, relating to, or based on theory.
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Restricted to theory; not practical or applied.

Theoretical physics.

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Studying or working to develop theory.
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Of or constituting theory.
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Tending to theorize; speculative.
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Of or relating to theory; abstract; not empirical.
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Limited to or based on theory; not practical or applied; hypothetical.
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Origin of theoretical

  • Late Latin theōrēticus from Greek theōrētikos from theōrētos observable from theōrein to look at theorem

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From theoretic +"Ž -al. Compare Latin theoreticus.

    From Wiktionary