theorize

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v theorize form or construct theories "he thinks and theorizes all day"
    • v theorize construct a theory about "Galileo theorized the motion of the stars"
    • v theorize to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds "Scientists supposed that large dinosaurs lived in swamps"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Theorize To form a theory or theories; to form opinions solely by theory; to speculate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • theorize To form a theory or theories; form opinions solely by theory; speculate. Also spelled theorise.
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Quotations

  • Karl Marx
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    “From the outset, the Christian was the theorizing Jew, the Jew is therefore the practical Christian, and the practical Christian has become a Jew again.”
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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    “It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.”
  • Voltaire
    Voltaire
    “Let us work without theorizing, 'Tis the only way to make life endurable.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. théoriser,

Usage

In literature:

Her father does not theorize about it.
"Tiverton Tales" by Alice Brown
Education is not now for the first time "socialized" because we now theorize upon its social function in a new way.
"The Family and it's Members" by Anna Garlin Spencer
Very little is known of them, though every scientist has theorized upon them since time immemorial.
"The Skylark of Space" by Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby
It was the habit of English theorizing on the subject to allow them these, if at all, as of grace.
"History of the United States, Vol. I (of VI)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
But in so doing the Descent theorizers had to relinquish scientific analysis altogether.
"At the Deathbed of Darwinism" by Eberhard Dennert
Let us have no more theorizing but in its stead, efficient action.
"A Pioneer Railway of the West" by Maude Ward Lafferty
It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.
"Masterpieces of Mystery In Four Volumes" by Various
I can theorize, you see, but the practice is beyond me.
"A Princess in Calico" by Edith Ferguson Black
That was as much as my education and my expansive theorizing had done for me.
"The Message" by Alec John Dawson
But it is not enough to theorize merely; there must be experiment and practice.
"History of Education" by Levi Seeley
He thinks it wise to pause a little from theorizing, and see what is the material actually present for theory to work upon.
"The Essays of "George Eliot" Complete" by George Eliot
But it was useless to stand there theorizing.
"The Third Degree" by Charles Klein and Arthur Hornblow
It is an easy thing for a man to theorize in a situation of this kind, quite another to act.
"Jennie Gerhardt" by Theodore Dreiser
For even Coleridge admitted that, spite of his fine theorizing upon composition, Mr Bowyer did not prosper in the practice.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine -- Volume 57, No. 351, January 1845" by Various
He theorizes too much.
"Melomaniacs" by James Huneker
Later I theorized what must have occurred, remembering a long-ago personal disaster that almost got me kicked out of college.
"The Samurai Strategy" by Thomas Hoover
Where there is no theorizing, we theorize, and because of this theorizing, disputes arise.
"The Zen Experience" by Thomas Hoover
Some of the eye-witnesses theorized concerning bumblebees.
"The Westerners" by Stewart Edward White
I have formed a certain opinion of Mrs. Barrymore, the result of theorizing.
"Christopher Quarles" by Percy James Brebner
It must not be assumed that Paine was a mere theorizer.
"A Short History of English Liberalism" by Walter Lyon Blease
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In poetry:

No empty theorizer, thou,
Thy words said what thyself would do,
Thou ne'er would make thy spirit bow,
That worldly honors might accrue.
"Robert Burns" by Thomas Frederick Young

In news:

For the first time, scientists have peered down to the level of a single electron and observed quantum states that had only been theorized before.
It is interesting to theorize where these electronics may take healthcare.
A half-century scientific quest culminated on Wednesday as physicists announced the discovery of a new subatomic particle -- one theorized to be so fundamental that without it, nothing could exist.
Researchers at the European Organization for Nuclear Research say that they are closer than ever to discovering the elusive, Higgs boson, a particle theorized to be responsible for giving matter the property of mass.
Scientists have theorized for 20 years that Titan's cold surface hosts seas or lakes of liquid hydrocarbons.
Quantum states, only theorized before, viewed by scientists — and they were right on.
But now physicists have found proof of one theorized exception to this rule.
Some theorize Dating Game video of Jennifer Granholm released to boost chances at job with Obama administration.
Observe, theorize , measure, test and don't overlook what goes wrong.
Husbands now faces murder charges following the Eaton Centre shooting, which police theorize was payback for his victimization that night.
Crossword maker Andrew Marc Greene theorizes what it would look like if Facebook rolled out some new changes to the New York Times crossword puzzle.
Micah Sifry, co-founder of the Personal Democracy Forum, on Monday theorized that the number of edits made to a politician's Wikipedia page could be used as s hint of their standing in the vice presidential race.
I've always theorized that people tend not to be tourists in their own towns.
In 1990, Haroche theorized a way to measure the number of photons in a cavity by observing their interactions with atoms.
The discovery of the boson, theorized as allowing particles to generate mass, may be "imminent," Le Temps, a Geneva-based newspaper, reported today, citing speculation on physics blogs.
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In science:

The question whether there exist empirically equivalent but incompatible theories bears on how tightly empirical constraints from the progress of science might constrain our theorizing.
Empirical Equivalence, Artificial Gauge Freedom and a Generalized Kretschmann Objection
Both methods employ theoretical speculation, but this theorizing is guided, constrained, and verified by empirical data.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
The above discussion illustrates several important aspects of the proposed inquiry. A crucial difference between the traditional approach and the CRM approach to vision research is the shift in mindset away from pure theorizing and towards the study of specific structures in visual reality.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
It can be demonstrated that, in both causal inference and some instances of scientific theorizing more generally, methods that minimize retractions are those that employ Ockham’s razor, i.e. a systematic preference for simpler models (Kelly 2010, Kelly and MayoWilson 2010, Kelly 2007b).
Causal Conclusions that Flip Repeatedly and Their Justification
K, in this case the theorized nonconservation-ofenergy loss pro jects to be thirty million times the mass of such a universe.
The Genuine Cosmic Rosetta
The ful ly quantum theory lies somewhere within the theorizing activity of the human race itself, or the subspecies of physicists, regarded as a quantum system.
`Iconoclastic', Categorical Quantum Gravity
Moreover, various ways of obtaining at least an effective w < −1 without “bad” physics have been theorized.
Seeing Darkness: the New Cosmology
Herschel reported his discovery the following year (Herschel 1785), and for the next century astronomers debated whether these dark ob jects where truly voids, left by the stars as theorized by Herschel, or were perhaps nebulous dark regions observed pro jected upon a dense and bright stellar background.
Cold Dark Clouds: The Initial Conditions for Star Formation
Unfortunately this is not a detection of PGWs as theorized in Baskaran et al. (2006).
CMB Temperature Polarization Correlation and Primordial Gravitational Waves II: Wiener Filtering and Tests Based on Monte Carlo Simulations
W. J. Orlikowski and C. S. Iacono. Research commentary: Desperately seeking the ―IT‖ in IT research—a call to theorizing the IT artifact.
Improving the Technical Aspects of Software Testing in Enterprises
The vacuum can be stressed by several means and the effects of static electric or magnetic fields has been theorized and should reflect, for instance, in a modification of the speed of light c.
Does the speed of light depend upon the vacuum ?
Moreover, the same as with theory of measurement and model selection studies, the issue of selective probabilistic in fluences, while born within psychology and motivated by ps ychological theorizing, pertains in fact to any area of empirical science dealing with inputs and random outputs.
Selectivity in Probabilistic Causality: Drawing Arrows from Inputs to Stochastic Outputs
This conclusion is valid for a general symmetric probability density function . It has also been theorized that the statistical fluctuations of the dose distribution in an MC calculation, termed as “noise” from here on, follow a Gaussian distribution (Sempau and Bielajew, 2000).
Effect of Statistical Fluctuation in Monte Carlo Based Photon Beam Dose Calculation on Gamma Index Evaluation
MV is left unspecified but is theorized to be the mass of the vector exchange particle in the t channel, namely the B ∗ .
Prospects for B-Physics in the Next Decade
As stated at the end of Sec. 3, it was early theorized that the critical behavior is that of “standard” percolation.
Criticality in the Integer Quantum Hall Effect
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