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Definition 1: concerned primarily with theories or hypotheses rather than practical considerations - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where theoretical or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • theoretical science

Synonyms for theoretical in the sense of this definition

(theoretical is similar to ...) of an abstracting nature or having the power of abstracting

"abstractive analysis"

(theoretical is similar to ...) based on hypothesis or theory rather than experiment

(theoretical is similar to ...) based primarily on surmise rather than adequate evidence

"theories about the extinction of dinosaurs are still highly conjectural" "the supposed reason for his absence" "suppositious reconstructions of dead languages" "hypothetical situation"

(theoretical is similar to ...) not based on fact or investigation

"a notional figure of cost helps in determining production costs" "speculative knowledge"

(theoretical is similar to ...) highly abstract and overly theoretical

"metaphysical reasoning"

(theoretical is similar to ...) based in theory rather than experiment

"theory-based arguments and positions"

Definition 2: concerned with theories rather than their practical applications - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where theoretical or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • theoretical physics

(theoretical is similar to ...) dealing with a subject in the abstract without practical purpose or intention

"abstract reasoning" "abstract science"

(theoretical is similar to ...) hypothetical or theoretical and not expected to produce an immediate or practical result

"an academic discussion" "an academic question"

(theoretical is similar to ...) concerned with theory and data rather than practice; opposed to applied

"pure science"

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