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1. theoretical

adjective. ['ˌθiːɝˈɛtɪkəl'] concerned primarily with theories or hypotheses rather than practical considerations.


  • a priori
  • abstractive
  • notional
  • divinatory
  • theoretic
  • speculative
  • suppositional
  • supposititious
  • supposed
  • theory-based
  • metaphysical
  • suppositious
  • conjectural
  • hypothetic


  • inductive
  • a posteriori
  • synthetic
  • concrete


  • -al (English)
  • theoretic (English)
  • theoreticus (Latin)

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Words that Rhyme with Theoretical

  • parenthetical
  • hypothetical
  • antithetical
  • alphabetical
  • heretical

Example sentences of the word theoretical

1. Adjective
This is a theoretical figure, however, and reality can be very different.

Quotes containing the word theoretical

1. Picking my topics is sort of a process of elimination for me. Most things don't work for me. I like to cover science and unexpected things happening in labs. Also, theoretical research doesn't work for my style. I need scenes and interactions. Then, humor. I'm having the most fun when I can have fun with my work.
- Mary Roach

2. Economics was like psychology, a pseudoscience trying to hide that fact with intense theoretical hyperelaboration. And gross domestic product was one of those unfortunate measurement concepts, like inches or the British thermal unit, that ought to have been retired long before.
- Kim Stanley Robinson, Blue Mars

3. An open mind, in questions that are not ultimate, is useful. But an open mind about the ultimate foundations either of Theoretical or of Practical Reason is idiocy. If a man's mind is open on these things, let his mouth at least be shut. He can say nothing to the purpose. Outside the Tao there is no ground for criticizing either the Tao or anything else.
- C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man

2. theoretical

adjective. ['ˌθiːɝˈɛtɪkəl'] concerned with theories rather than their practical applications.


  • abstract
  • pure


  • uncreative
  • real
  • unprophetic


  • -al (English)
  • theoretic (English)
  • theoreticus (Latin)