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3 definitions found
 for theoretical
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Theoretic \The`o*ret"ic\, Theoretical \The`o*ret"ic*al\, a. [Gr.
     ?: cf. L. theoreticus, F. th['e]or['e]tique.]
     Pertaining to theory; depending on, or confined to, theory or
     speculation; speculative; terminating in theory or
     speculation: not practical; as, theoretical learning;
     theoretic sciences. -- The`o*ret"ic*al*ly, adv.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  theoretical
      adj 1: concerned primarily with theories or hypotheses rather
             than practical considerations; "theoretical science"
             [syn: theoretical, theoretic] [ant: empiric,
             empirical]
      2: concerned with theories rather than their practical
         applications; "theoretical physics" [ant: applied]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  31 Moby Thesaurus words for "theoretical":
     abstract, academic, analytical, armchair, closet, conceptual,
     conjectural, debatable, fanciful, hypothetic, hypothetical, ideal,
     idealized, ideational, ideological, impractical, moot, notional,
     postulatory, problematical, pure, putative, speculative,
     suppositional, supposititious, transcendent, transcendental,
     unproved, unproven, unrealistic, untested
  
  

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