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IN THEORY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does in theory mean? 

IN THEORY (adverb)
  The adverb IN THEORY has 3 senses:

1. according to the assumed facts
2. with regard to fundamentals although not concerning details
3. as described in contrast to as practiced

  Familiarity information: IN THEORY used as an adverb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


IN THEORY (adverb)


Sense 1in theory [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

According to the assumed facts

Synonyms:

in theory; theoretically; on paper

Context example:

on paper the candidate seems promising


Sense 2in theory [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

With regard to fundamentals although not concerning details

Synonyms:

in principle; in essence; in theory

Context example:

in principle, we agree


Sense 3in theory [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

As described in contrast to as practiced

Synonyms:

on paper; in theory

Context example:

on paper, this looks like a good idea


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