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In 1955, I got my degree in electrical-mechanical engineering. I realised, however, that my interest was less in practical applications than in the understanding of the underlying theoretical structure, and I decided to learn physics.
Francois Englert

Meaning of "theoretical" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF THEORETICAL

theoretical  [ˌθɪəˈrɛtɪkəl] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF THEORETICAL

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Theoretical is an adjective.
The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES THEORETICAL MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Theory

Theory is a contemplative and rational type of abstract or generalizing thinking, or the results of such thinking. Depending on the context, the results might for example include generalized explanations of how nature works. The word has its roots in ancient Greek, but in modern use it has taken on several different related meanings. A theory is not the same as a hypothesis. A theory provides an explanatory framework for some observation, and from the assumptions of the explanation follows a number of possible hypotheses that can be tested in order to provide support for, or challenge, the theory. One modern group of meanings emphasizes the interpretative, abstracting, and generalizing nature of theory. For example in the arts and philosophy, the term "theoretical" may be used to describe ideas and empirical phenomena which are not easily measurable. Theory abstracts. It draws away from the particular and empirical. By extension of the philosophical meaning, "theoria" is a word still used in theological contexts to mean viewing through contemplation — speculating about meanings that transcend measurement.

Definition of theoretical in the English dictionary

The first definition of theoretical in the dictionary is of or based on theory. Other definition of theoretical is lacking practical application or actual existence; hypothetical. Theoretical is also using or dealing in theory; impractical.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH THEORETICAL


aesthetical
iːsˈθɛtɪkəl
alphabetical
ˌælfəˈbɛtɪkəl
antipathetical
ˌæntɪpəˈθɛtɪkəl
antitheoretical
ˌæntɪˌθiːəˈrɛtɪkəl
antithetical
ˌæntɪˈθɛtɪkəl
ascetical
əˈsɛtɪkəl
catechetical
ˌkætɪˈkɛtɪkəl
cosmetical
kɒzˈmɛtɪkəl
esthetical
iːsˈθɛtɪkəl
exegetical
ˌɛksɪˈdʒɛtɪkəl
heretical
hɪˈrɛtɪkəl
hermetical
hɜːˈmɛtɪkəl
homiletical
ˌhɒmɪˈlɛtɪkəl
hypothetical
ˌhaɪpəˈθɛtɪkəl
Masoretical
ˌmæsəˈrɛtɪkəl
metatheoretical
ˌmɛtəθɪəˈrɛtɪkəl
nontheoretical
ˌnɒnˌθiːəˈrɛtɪkəl
reticle
ˈrɛtɪkəl
unpoetic
ˌʌnpəʊˈɛtɪkəl
untheoretical
ˌʌnθiːəˈrɛtɪkəl

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE THEORETICAL

theorbist
theorbo
theorem
theorematic
theorematical
theorematically
theorematist
theoremic
theoretic
theoretical physicist
theoretical physics
theoretically
theoretician
theoretics
theoric
theories
theorisation
theoriser
theorist
theorization

WORDS THAT END LIKE THEORETICAL

aeronautical
analytical
chemical
cortical
critical
diacritical
elliptical
grammatical
identical
mathematical
metical
mystical
nautical
optical
pharmaceutical
political
practical
skeptical
statistical
tactical
vertical

Synonyms and antonyms of theoretical in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «THEORETICAL»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «theoretical» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of theoretical

Translation of «theoretical» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF THEORETICAL

Find out the translation of theoretical to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of theoretical from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «theoretical» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

理论的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

teórico
570 millions of speakers

English

theoretical
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

सैद्धांतिक
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

النظرية
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

теоретическая
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

teórico
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

তত্ত্বীয়
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

théorique
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Teori
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

theoretisch
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

理論上の
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

이론의
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

teori
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

lý thuyết
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

தத்துவார்த்த
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

सैद्धांतिक
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

teorik
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

teorico
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

teoretyczna
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

теоретична
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

teoretic
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

θεωρητικές
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

teoretiese
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

teoretisk
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

teoretiske
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of theoretical

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «THEORETICAL»

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about theoretical

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10 QUOTES WITH «THEORETICAL»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word theoretical.
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John Burns
I recognise that Socialism has ended its purely theoretical course, and that the hour to construct has come.
2
Joan Chen
There is no theoretical study of motherhood. You know, before I became a mother, I did play a mother, but I was like - I was more thinking of my own mother. I was doing my mother.
3
John Coltrane
I think I was first awakened to musical exploration by Dizzy Gillespie and Bird. It was through their work that I began to learn about musical structures and the more theoretical aspects of music.
4
Stacey Dash
The natural evolution of a well-educated populus is integration. And this is not political; it's not theoretical; it's not even partisan.
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Paul Dirac
The methods of theoretical physics should be applicable to all those branches of thought in which the essential features are expressible with numbers.
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Hermann Ebbinghaus
The amount of detailed information which an individual has at his command and his theoretical elaborations of the same are mutually dependent; they grow in and through each other.
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Francois Englert
In 1955, I got my degree in electrical-mechanical engineering. I realised, however, that my interest was less in practical applications than in the understanding of the underlying theoretical structure, and I decided to learn physics.
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Richard Ernst
On the theoretical side, I was concerned with stochastic resonance.
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Kenichi Fukui
The frontier orbital approach was further developed in various directions by my own group and many other scientists, both theoretical and experimental.
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Kenichi Fukui
This success led my theoretical group to the chemical reactivity theory, extending more and more widely the range of compound and reactions that were discussed.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «THEORETICAL»

Discover the use of theoretical in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to theoretical and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Theoretical Acoustics
Starting from first principles, the authors have successfully produced a unified and thorough treatment of the subjects of generation, propagation, absorption, reflection, and scattering of compressional waves in fluids, progressing to such ...
Philip McCord Morse, 1986
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Theoretical Statistics
A text that stresses the general concepts of the theory of statistics Theoretical Statistics provides a systematic statement of the theory of statistics, emphasizing general concepts rather than mathematical rigor.
D.R. Cox, D.V. Hinkley, 1979
3
The Theoretical Minimum: What You Need to Know to Start ...
Instead of shying away from the equations and maths that are essential to any understanding of physics, The Theoretical Minimum provides a toolkit that you won't find in any other popular science book.
George Hrabovsky, 2013
4
Theoretical Perspectives on Gender and Development
Theoretical Perspectives on Gender and Development demystifies the theory of gender and development and shows how it plays an important role in everyday life.
Jane L. Parpart, Patricia Connelly, Eudine Barriteau, 2000
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Theoretical Aerodynamics
Classic in field covers airfoils, subsonic and supersonic flow round a wing, aircraft as a whole, etc. Nearly 400 exercises, great number of illus. 4th (1966) edition.
Louis Melville Milne-Thomson, 1966
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Theoretical Hydrodynamics
Classic exposition of the mathematical theory of fluid motion, applicable to both hydrodynamics and aerodynamics. Treatment based on vector methods and notation. Over 600 exercises. 391 diagrams. 1968 edition.
Louis Melville Milne-Thomson, 1996
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Theoretical Physics
Among the finest, most comprehensive treatments of theoretical physics ever written, this classic volume comprises a superb introduction to the main branches of the discipline and offers solid grounding for further research in a variety of ...
Georg Joos, 1986
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Approaching Human Geography: An Introduction to Contemporary ...
The principal chapters of the book are framed by both a preface and an epilogue, which address questions about relativism in approaching human geography, while also stressing the need for continued commitment and critical sensitivity in ...
Paul J. Cloke Chris Philo David Sadler, Professor Paul J Cloke, Professor Chris Philo, 1991
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Introduction to Theoretical Linguistics
This is a comprehensive introduction to theoretical linguistics.
John Lyons, 1968
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Theoretical Nursing: Development and Progress
"An additional assumption was that the processes for theory development were new to nursing and hence, nurses in graduate programs learned strategies for advancing knowledge from other disciplines.
Afaf Ibrahim Meleis, 2011

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «THEORETICAL»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term theoretical is used in the context of the following news items.
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Nobel Prize-winning theoretical physicist
OSAKA, Japan -- Yoichiro Nambu, a theoretical physicist who received the Nobel Prize for his work on subatomic particles, died July 5 in Osaka, Japan. He was ... «Northwest Arkansas News, Jul 15»
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Canadian Physics Accelerator Gets Multimillion-Dollar Boost
WATERLOO REGION, ON, June 22, 2015 /CNW/ - Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (PI) has forged strategic new partnerships that will inject more than ... «Canada NewsWire, Jun 15»
3
Endless oscillations: A theoretical study on quantum systems
A quantum system never relaxes. An isolated system (like a cloud of cold atoms trapped in optical grids) will endlessly oscillate between its different ... «Phys.Org, May 15»
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Stephen Hawking Uses Theoretical Physics to Calm Heartbroken …
To the One Direction fans who continue to mourn Zayn Malik's departure from the group, don't despair because there's still hope! I mean, not for you, but as ... «Jezebel, Apr 15»
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Feds ask airlines to look for theoretical WiFi hacks
"Although the media claims remain theoretical and unproven, the media publicity associated with these statements may encourage actors to use the described ... «Engadget, Apr 15»
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Researchers establish theoretical framework for graphene physics
The reasons behind why the hybrid material performed as such were unexplained until this new theoretical framework was created by researchers from ... «Phys.Org, Apr 15»
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UF journalism icon Hugh Cunningham paired practical, theoretical
Hugh Cunningham, a passionate advocate for a strong, independent fourth estate, trained generations of journalists to boldly seek the truth. Cunningham, one of ... «Gainesville Sun, Mar 15»
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Charles Munger, Warren Buffett's Longtime Business Partner, Makes …
He was expected to announce on Friday that he has donated $65 million to the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa ... «New York Times, Oct 14»
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Does Selling Theoretical Performance Put Investors First?
It sounds impressive, but after reading the marketing materials' fine print, you discover that the results shown are theoretical and reflect the outcome of a backtest ... «CFA Institute Enterprising Investor, Aug 14»
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Theoretical Hybrid Star Discovered
A Thorne-Żytkow object - a unique "hybrid star" - has been discovered in the Universe, proving the existence of a once purely theoretical celestial object. (Photo ... «Nature World News, Jun 14»

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