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THEORY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does theory mean? 

THEORY (noun)
  The noun THEORY has 3 senses:

1. a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world; an organized system of accepted knowledge that applies in a variety of circumstances to explain a specific set of phenomena
2. a tentative theory about the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena
3. a belief that can guide behavior

  Familiarity information: THEORY used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


THEORY (noun)


Sense 1theory [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world; an organized system of accepted knowledge that applies in a variety of circumstances to explain a specific set of phenomena

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context examples:

theories can incorporate facts and laws and tested hypotheses / true in fact and theory

Hypernyms ("theory" is a kind of...):

explanation (thought that makes something comprehensible)

Meronyms (parts of "theory"):

law; law of nature (a generalization that describes recurring facts or events in nature)

hypothesis; possibility; theory (a tentative theory about the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "theory"):

structural sociology; structuralism (a sociological theory based on the premise that society comes before individuals)

holism; holistic theory (the theory that the parts of any whole cannot exist and cannot be understood except in their relation to the whole)

atomic theory; atomism; atomist theory; atomistic theory ((chemistry) any theory in which all matter is composed of tiny discrete finite indivisible indestructible particles)

economic theory ((economics) a theory of commercial activities (such as the production and consumption of goods))

field theory ((physics) a theory that explains a physical phenomenon in terms of a field and the manner in which it interacts with matter or with other fields)

scientific theory (a theory that explains scientific observations)

preformation; theory of preformation (a theory (popular in the 18th century and now discredited) that an individual develops by simple enlargement of a tiny fully formed organism (a homunculus) that exists in the germ cell)

blastogenesis (theory that inherited characteristics are transmitted by germ plasm)

reductionism (a theory that all complex systems can be completely understood in terms of their components)

structural anthropology; structuralism (an anthropological theory that there are unobservable social structures that generate observable social phenomena)


Sense 2theory [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A tentative theory about the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

hypothesis; theory; possibility

Context examples:

a scientific hypothesis that survives experimental testing becomes a scientific theory / he proposed a fresh theory of alkalis that later was accepted in chemical practices

Hypernyms ("theory" is a kind of...):

concept; conception; construct (an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "theory"):

hypothetical (a hypothetical possibility, circumstance, statement, proposal, situation, etc.)

framework; model; theoretical account (a hypothetical description of a complex entity or process)

conjecture; speculation (a hypothesis that has been formed by speculating or conjecturing (usually with little hard evidence))

assumption; supposal; supposition (a hypothesis that is taken for granted)

Holonyms ("theory" is a part of...):

theory (a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world; an organized system of accepted knowledge that applies in a variety of circumstances to explain a specific set of phenomena)


Sense 3theory [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A belief that can guide behavior

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context examples:

the architect has a theory that more is less / they killed him on the theory that dead men tell no tales

Hypernyms ("theory" is a kind of...):

belief (any cognitive content held as true)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "theory"):

hodgepodge; jumble; patchwork (a theory or argument made up of miscellaneous or incongruous ideas)

egoism ((ethics) the theory that the pursuit of your own welfare in the basis of morality)


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