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 Dictionary entry overview: What does theoretical mean? 

THEORETICAL (adjective)
  The adjective THEORETICAL has 2 senses:

1. concerned primarily with theories or hypotheses rather than practical considerations
2. concerned with theories rather than their practical applications

  Familiarity information: THEORETICAL used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

THEORETICAL (adjective)

Sense 1theoretical [BACK TO TOP]


Concerned primarily with theories or hypotheses rather than practical considerations


theoretic; theoretical

Context example:

theoretical science


abstractive (of an abstracting nature or having the power of abstracting)

a priori (based on hypothesis or theory rather than experiment)

conjectural; divinatory; hypothetic; hypothetical; supposed; suppositional; suppositious; supposititious (based primarily on surmise rather than adequate evidence)

notional; speculative (not based on fact or investigation)

metaphysical (highly abstract and overly theoretical)

theory-based (based in theory rather than experiment)


empirical (derived from experiment and observation rather than theory)

Sense 2theoretical [BACK TO TOP]


Concerned with theories rather than their practical applications

Context example:

theoretical physics


abstract (dealing with a subject in the abstract without practical purpose or intention)

academic (hypothetical or theoretical and not expected to produce an immediate or practical result)

pure (concerned with theory and data rather than practice; opposed to applied)


applied (concerned with concrete problems or data rather than with fundamental principles; opposed to theoretical)

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