• WordNet 3.6
    • adj theoretic concerned primarily with theories or hypotheses rather than practical considerations "theoretical science"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: You know the three physical dimensions, and the fourth dimension, time. For years, people have speculated about other dimensions. Experts in theoretical physics now say the major theories about the universe make sense together - and all the math seems to work - if there are 10 dimensions.
    • a Theoretic Pertaining to theory; depending on, or confined to, theory or speculation; speculative; terminating in theory or speculation: not practical; as, theoretical learning; theoretic sciences.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • theoretic Same as theoretical.
    • n theoretic Same as theoretics.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Theoretic pertaining to theory: not practical: speculative
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  • William James
    “Faith means belief in something concerning which doubt is theoretically possible.”
  • Auguste Comte
    Auguste Comte
    “Each department of knowledge passes through three stages. The theoretic stage; the theological stage and the metaphysical or abstract stage.”
  • William Pitt
    William Pitt
    “Theoretical principles must sometimes give way for the sake of practical advantages.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. : cf. L. theoreticus, F. théorétique,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. theōrēmatheōrein, to view—theasthai, to see.


In literature:

Germany's revolutionary past is particularly theoretical, it is the Reformation.
"Selected Essays" by Karl Marx
And its theoretical working is marvellously perfect.
"Monopolies and the People" by Charles Whiting Baker
Practical teachers of singing pay little attention to the theoretical discussions concerning nasal resonance.
"The Psychology of Singing" by David C. Taylor
Theoretically there is no difficulty, but in practice we find there is.
"An Analysis of the Lever Escapement" by H. R. Playtner
Theoretically, a thousand chivalrous swords should leap from their scabbards to succour the distressed woman.
"The Task of Social Hygiene" by Havelock Ellis
Theoretically, the Church could improve its creed.
"John Knox" by A. Taylor Innes
Purely theoretical inquiry may be of the most immense ultimate advantage.
"Human Traits and their Social Significance" by Irwin Edman
We have moved in an entirely theoretical sphere.
"Psychotherapy" by Hugo Münsterberg
Theoretically, Harry wasn't supposed to sell the things.
"Unwise Child" by Gordon Randall Garrett
He put him through such a thorough theoretical training, that at fifteen Sousa was teaching harmony.
"Contemporary American Composers" by Rupert Hughes
Theoretically any Moslem can conduct religious services.
"The New World of Islam" by Lothrop Stoddard
This theoretic inference is completely verified by experiment.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
God tends to vanish into an ideal or a universal, into some object of theoretical definition.
"The Approach to Philosophy" by Ralph Barton Perry
Bobby had long since acquired a theoretical familiarity with the mechanism.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
But the idea would not admit a theoretical use.
"Creative Evolution" by Henri Bergson
Without contenting ourselves with these theoretical remarks, let us rapidly show that it is thus that these things actually happen.
"Essay on the Creative Imagination" by Th. Ribot
Zircon, engrossed in a theoretical problem, scarcely noticed.
"The Electronic Mind Reader" by John Blaine
Theoretically, athletics are open to all students.
"College Teaching" by Paul Klapper
What is the use of the theoretical belief in free-will in this case?
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
Relation of the imaginative faculty to the theoretic.
"Modern Painters Volume II (of V)" by John Ruskin

In poetry:

From others, judgment of that hue
Which over-hope
Breeds from a theoretic view
Of regal scope.
"A King's Soliloquy [On the Night of His Funeral]" by Thomas Hardy
on theoretical considerations and
the jealous spiritualities of the abstract
the robot? they're smoke, billows above
the physical event. They have burned up.
See how free we are! as a nation of persons.
"On Seeing Larry Rivers' Washington Crossing The Delaware At The Museum Of Modern Art" by Frank O Hara

In news:

" I'm taking meetings with people who are theoretically going to give me "a deal.
Nightclub people theoretically spend a lot of energy thinking outside the box to further their brand and better their revenue streams.
"Theoretically, by the time you reach adulthood, you're supposed to be at the same power level as your parents," she says.
If a rising tide theoretically raises all boats, then it follows that the receding surge lowers them.
Mark Kai Ho Yeung, Yu-Kwong Kwok, "A Game Theoretic Approach to Power Aware Wireless Data Access," IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, vol 5, no.
Tucson News NowSuperstorm moves film from theoretical to concrete.
Farm Bureau Says FDA's Livestock Antibiotic Proposals Theoretical .
Theoretical Study of DNA Damage Recognition via Electron Transfer from the Complex of MutY.
Post-ABC poll: Sarah Palin lags Obama in theoretical 2012 presidential election.
Food price inflation isn't theoretical anymore.
What Happened To Theoretical AI.
Theoretical Chemists Win Welch Award.
I'm planning to shift my focus now from the theoretical side of photography to the practical components of taking magnificent photos .
At Caltech, he taught theoretical physics and went on to serve as faculty chair, vice president and provost, and acting president.
Theoretical physicist Sean Carroll spoke at IdeaFestival 2010 about the arrow of time and the difference between the past and future.

In science:

Next, sections III and IV discuss the more general theoretical results, while in sec. V a special interparticle potential is studied, comparing theoretical and simulation results.
Vibrations in glasses and Euclidean Random Matrix theory
The existence theorem will state that given the same K -theoretical data of A and B , one should be able to produce maps from A to B and B to A which carry the K -theoretical data.
Simple nuclear $C^*$-algebras of tracial topological rank one
By comparing the theoretical calculation and the observational data using the K-S test, we obtain a confidence level for the hypothesis that the observational data is drawn from the theoretical distribution.
Testing Gamma-Ray Burst Jet Structure with the Distribution of Gamma-Ray Energy Release
The theoretical accuracy supersedes the experimental one (except of the case of the D21 HFS interval in the helium3 ion, for which the theoretical uncertainty was recently increased after its reconsideration [115,116]).
Precision physics of simple atoms: QED tests, nuclear structure and fundamental constants
There is a theoretical prejudice against models of wDE < −1 due to their apparent theoretical problems.
Stable Models of superacceleration
We will consider in turn the information-theoretic (IT) and complexity-theoretic (CT) security of αη .
Quantum Noise Randomized Ciphers
Theoretical analysis of model C critical dynamics were performed by means of the field-theoretical renormalization group.
Model C critical dynamics of random anisotropy magnets
The contact with the theoretical calculations is made trough the theoretical estimation most likely value of the αlm ’s, which are expressed in terms of the Newtonian potential on the 2-sphere corresponding to the intersection of our past light cone with the of last scattering surface lm d2Ω.
Phenomenological analysis of quantum collapse as source of the seeds of cosmic structure
Theorems 1.1 and 1.2 along with Corollary 1.3 provide the theoretical framework necessary to prove any specific number-theoretic fact about these functions.
Automorphic properties of generating functions for generalized rank moments and Durfee symbols
The newly derived luminosity corresponds to that of an RSG with an initial mass of ∼25 M⊙ , and the location of WOH G64 is in much better agreement with the theoretical evolutionary tracks, although WOH G64 is still somewhat too cool compared to the theoretical models.
Spatially resolved dusty torus toward the red supergiant WOH G64 in the Large Magellanic Cloud
Analyses in which such a study has not been performed thus typically contain additional theoretical systematic uncertainties, which may be significantly larger than the theoretical errors explicitly studied.
Status of the Hadronic Tau Determination of V_us
Many-server queues in heavy traffic have been the subject of much research, both for their theoretical interest and for their importance in practical applications (a review of some of the more theoretical results appears in Whitt ).
Central limit theorem for a many-server queue with random service rates
Information Theoretic: A more recent approach is adaptive and information theoretic .
A Unified Approach to Sparse Signal Processing
Here, and up to now, we only have a perturbation theory, but no field theoretic action to renormalize, so we do not know which quantities will need renormalization! In the following, we will construct such a field theoretic representation, which will tell us which quantities to renormalize.
Field Theory of the RNA Freezing Transition
It could be said that theoretical physics has aided theoretical computer science via this path.
Intrinsically universal n-dimensional quantum cellular automata