##### Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

**theoretical**

*adjective*

**COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES**

**a theoretical concept**(=

*that exists only as a theory*)

**from a theoretical/political/economic etc standpoint**

**COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS**

**■ ADVERB**

**more**

**more**

**theoretical**.

**more**

**theoretical**questions.

**more**

**theoretical**than practical.

**more**

**theoretical**level two comments are worth making.

**more**

**theoretical**nature, dealing with the constitution of salicylic acid.

**more**

**theoretical**.

**■ NOUN**

**account**

**theoretical**

**account**of our intuitions about rhythm.

**theoretical**

**accounts**for this finding will now be considered in turn.

**theoretical**

**accounts**are mutually exclusive alternatives, with acceptance of either one requiring the rejection of the other.

**theoretical**

**accounts**of the way literature works.

**theoretical**

**accounts**of knowledge which retain continuity with women's experiences.

**theoretical**

**accounts**of the growth of the service sector in Britain.

**analysis**

**theoretical**

**analysis**undertaken in chapter 6.

**theoretical**

**analysis**that we have undertaken is entirely partial.

**theoretical**

**analysis**in two areas.

**theoretical**

**analysis**of the forced spherical pendulum.

**theoretical**

**analysis**of how these structures intersect?

**theoretical**

**analysis**of Soviet economy.

**approach**

**theoretical**

**approaches**outlined above is vulnerable to specific criticisms.

**theoretical**

**approaches**to the demand for sport.

**theoretical**

**approaches**.

**theoretical**

**approach**described in this chapter needs to be supplemented by practical experience.

**theoretical**

**approaches**which depend upon some empirical knowledge to apply theoretical concepts such as the continuity equation.

**theoretical**

**approaches**.

**theoretical**

**approach**would argue, such inequalities are in principle temporary.

**theoretical**

**approach**fare in relation to the problems which were outlined in the opening section?

**argument**

**theoretical**

**arguments**involved.

**theoretical**

**argument**.

**theoretical**

**arguments**.

**theoretical**

**argument**suggesting that chaotic neural behavior is possible.

**theoretical**

**arguments**receive empirical support from private systems elsewhere.

**theoretical**

**arguments**have been distanced from detailed empirical investigation of industrial change.

**theoretical**

**argument**.

**aspect**

**theoretical**

**aspects**of these techniques are well covered but the environmental applications are rather sparse.

**theoretical**

**aspects**of the program development to practical teaching application in classrooms and library media centers. 5.

**theoretical**

**aspects**were formulated in the mid-1940s and the first dates were published in December 1949.

**theoretical**

**aspect**should provide a better basis for urban designers and transport planners considering personal security issues.

**theoretical**

**aspects**which underpin this budgetary process and plan.

**assumption**

**theoretical**

**assumptions**.

**theoretical**

**assumptions**, a factor analysis of the survey data was performed.

**theoretical**

**assumptions**.

**theoretical**

**assumptions**were used.

**theoretical**

**assumptions**themselves are examined the case is even less convincing.

**theoretical**

**assumptions**of difficulty are often not mirrored by experience in practice.

**theoretical**

**assumptions**underlie the different descriptions.

**base**

**theoretical**

**bases**, that the hypothesis has its function.

**theoretical**

**base**for the study it should be developed and laid out in this section.

**theoretical**

**base**or methodological perspective have often been subsumed by or channelled into the construction of acceptable written examinations.

**theoretical**

**bases**for sound classification.

**basis**

**theoretical**

**basis**there is to such a model.

**theoretical**

**basis**for this rests on economic models which predict that there are net welfare gains available from removing these barriers.

**theoretical**

**basis**is known to the author - hence the empirical treatment.

**theoretical**

**basis**for the protection of these rights and freedoms, such ideas are woefully inadequate.

**theoretical**

**basis**.

**theoretical**

**basis**for socialism and secular education which were its practice.

**theoretical**

**basis**of male competition.

**concept**

**theoretical**

**concepts**and experimental evidence are integrated.

**theoretical**

**concept**.

**theoretical**

**concepts**drawn from both economics and sociology.

**theoretical**approaches which depend upon some empirical knowledge to apply theoretical

**concepts**such as the continuity equation.

**theoretical**

**concepts**of psychology and sociology are used to study how people work in organisations.

**theoretical**

**concepts**used to assess the population.

**consideration**

**theoretical**

**considerations**and empirical implementation.

**theoretical**

**considerations**- is also valuable in assessing the question of incidence.

**theoretical**

**considerations**are felt to require them.

**construct**

**theoretical**

**constructs**of variables which are interrelated, and significant in influencing the outcome of a purchase motivation.

**theoretical**

**construct**.

**theoretical**

**construct**is not to say that it does not really exist.

**debate**

**theoretical**

**debates**within this school.

**theoretical**

**debate**over academic freedom which we find in the literature.

**theoretical**

**debate**or argument.

**theoretical**

**debates**about the nature of the state to the institutions of local government.

**theoretical**

**debates**.

**theoretical**

**debate**without systematically provided empirical evidence is essentially sterile not to say unscientific.

**theoretical**

**debate**, disagreement and, many would argue, confusion.

**theoretical**

**debate**remains near non-existent.

**development**

**theoretical**

**development**the emergent core of regional planning principles and practices strengthened considerably.

**theoretical**

**development**such as game theory.

**theoretical**

**development**.

**theoretical**

**development**and both econometric work and back up case study analysis.

**theoretical**

**development**began during the 1940s.

**discussion**

**theoretical**

**discussion**on concepts and definitions is therefore - perhaps surprisingly - put at the end.

**theoretical**

**discussions**and analysis of issues.

**theoretical**

**discussion**assume that few, if any, breaches of the taboo occur.

**theoretical**

**discussions**are consistent with recent experimental results that are also summarized in section 9. 3.

**theoretical**

**discussion**to the specification and testing of an empirical model.

**theoretical**

**discussion**have become an integral part of the programme.

**theoretical**

**discussions**over important issues within a field.

**theoretical**

**discussions**within linguistics.

**explanation**

**theoretical**

**explanation**which has so far been provided.

**theoretical**

**explanations**for the term structure of interest rates.

**theoretical**

**explanations**.

**foundation**

**theoretical**

**foundations**for them.

**theoretical**

**foundations**are questionable.

**theoretical**

**foundation**.

**theoretical**

**foundations**for a currency union among independent nation-states are not strong prima facie.

**framework**

**theoretical**

**framework**remains therefore of high priority.

**theoretical**

**framework**, and our experiments are entirely empirical.

**theoretical**

**frameworks**.

**theoretical**

**framework**.

**theoretical**

**framework**for co-citation analysis is described by Griffith and others.

**theoretical**

**framework**.

**theoretical**

**framework**gives a rather different account of the meaning and significance of major industrial changes as marks of structural change.

**theoretical**

**framework**which is absent from world-system theories.

**idea**

**theoretical**

**ideas**are identified which can contribute to a practice of affirmative assessment.

**theoretical**

**ideas**, my Clement Greenberg formalist ideas.

**theoretical**

**ideas**may be helpful.

**theoretical**

**ideas**which were held to have generality beyond a socio-historical context.

**theoretical**

**ideas**about deterministic chaos.

**theoretical**

**ideas**and specific proposals.

**theoretical**

**ideas**that were presented.

**interest**

**theoretical**

**interest**.

**theoretical**

**interest**.

**theoretical**

**interest**only, and there are far more practical examples.

**theoretical**

**interest**of both phases 1 and 11 lies in four main socio-legal areas.

**issue**

**theoretical**

**issues**and with certain parts of the book.

**theoretical**

**issue**of whether the government can be held liable for damages.

**theoretical**

**issues**underlie the reality of health care provision for older people.

**theoretical**

**issue**of how money should be defined.

**theoretical**

**issues**.

**theoretical**

**issues**.

**theoretical**

**issues**by placing them within the constraint of empirical evidence.

**knowledge**

**theoretical**

**knowledge**to ensure that your next trip away from the controlled environment is safe.

**theoretical**

**knowledge**for examination.

**theoretical**

**knowledge**of and practical expertise with an enormous diversity of matters.

**level**

**theoretical**

**level**in the 1860s.

**theoretical**

**level**.

**theoretical**

**level**, Soul is more profoundly misleading.

**theoretical**

**level**there remain some problems with this analysis.

**theoretical**

**level**, was simple.

**theoretical**

**level**two comments are worth making.

**theoretical**

**level**of psychological discourse.

**model**

**theoretical**

**models**which suggest that effective markets depend on legal and institutional factors as well as the operation of the price mechanism.

**theoretical**

**models**, upon which hypothesis testing can be carried out.

**theoretical**

**model**, in a very simplified form, is shown in Figure 2.

**theoretical**

**models**of buying behaviour, and is illustrated by a major case study.

**theoretical**

**model**.

**theoretical**

**model**to explain the relationship between motivation, job satisfaction and performance.

**theoretical**

**model**to calculate effective atomic charges.

**perspective**

**theoretical**

**perspective**and their evaluation of the services provided by professionals.

**theoretical**

**perspectives**.

**theoretical**

**perspectives**and pedagogic approaches.

**theoretical**

**perspectives**, the ethogenic approach.

**theoretical**

**perspective**that underlies a study can colour its substantive conclusions.

**theoretical**

**perspective**population growth is seen as a major stimulant to industrial development.

**theoretical**

**perspective**to a residential weekend at an outdoor centre.

**theoretical**

**perspectives**in sociology: Marxism and functionalism.

**physicist**

**theoretical**

**physicists**in the next twenty years or so.

**theoretical**

**physicist**despite my disability has helped.

**theoretical**

**physicists**, if not for theoretical physics.

**theoretical**

**physicist**.

**theoretical**

**physicist**gets more credit than the experimental because the behavior of the latter clearly depends on laboratory practice and observation.

**theoretical**

**physicists**, are all awaiting the next revolutionary breakthrough that overthrows the paradigms of theory and practice.

**theoretical**

**physicists**.

**theoretical**

**physicist**of modern times, stated that no-one understands quantum mechanics.

**physics**

**theoretical**

**physics**, the search for logical self-consistency has always been more important in making advances than experimental results.

**theoretical**

**physics**and experimental physics.

**theoretical**

**physics**, and there is good experimental evidence in favour of their existence.

**theoretical**physicists, if not for theoretical

**physics**.

**theoretical**

**physics**is usually a two-step process.

**theoretical**

**physics**that were fundamental and in which I might do research.

**theoretical**

**physics**.

**theoretical**

**physics**or physical chemistry and have strong mathematical and computing skills.

**position**

**theoretical**

**position**intact.

**theoretical**

**position**form the core around which each theory is constructed.

**theoretical**

**positions**were derived from them.

**theoretical**

**positions**are, apparently, mutually exclusive.

**theoretical**

**positions**.

**theoretical**

**position**, although it is generally underpinned by a welfare approach.

**possibility**

**theoretical**

**possibility**of explaining them.

**theoretical**

**possibility**.

**theoretical**

**possibility**.

**theoretical**

**possibility**of rebuttal must exist.

**theoretical**

**possibility**in the conventional house.

**theoretical**

**possibilities**, it is clearly more parsimonious to explain acquired distinctiveness and equivalence solely in terms of associative mechanisms.

**theoretical**

**possibilities**.

**problem**

**theoretical**

**problem**is posed by these contradictions.

**theoretical**

**problems**and was not to be achieved without considerable theoretical labour.

**theoretical**

**problem**.

**theoretical**

**problems**.

**theoretical**

**problems**.

**theoretical**

**problems**are most visible and at their most intractable in the area of fostering and adoption policy.

**theoretical**

**problems**.

**theoretical**

**problem**of how the other can be articulated as such.

**reason**

**theoretical**

**reason**for believing that the variable we are studying will require a particular transformation.

**theoretical**

**reasons**.

**theoretical**

**reasons**that were outlined in Chapter 2.

**theoretical**

**reasons**.

**theoretical**

**reason**for adopting the views of Lenin and Mao.

**theoretical**

**reasons**.

**standpoint**

**theoretical**

**standpoint**within the framework of natural monopoly industries.

**theoretical**

**standpoints**, therefore psychodynamic social work is not necessarily disadvantaged.

**structure**

**theoretical**

**structure**, which builds upon imperfect competition, over-lapping wage contracts and relatively efficient financial markets.

**theoretical**

**structure**.

**theoretical**

**structure**is large and in places complicated.

**study**

**theoretical**

**study**in Art and Design.

**theoretical**

**study**.

**understanding**

**theoretical**

**understanding**.

**theoretical**

**understanding**form hypotheses, and this concept is our next subject of study.

**theoretical**

**understanding**, suggest research priorities and contribute to thinking about relevant public policies.

**theoretical**

**understanding**of how prejudice works.

**theoretical**

**understanding**of survival strategies and the dynamics of decision-making in conditions of forced migration.

**theoretical**

**understanding**of marine science were developing.

**theoretical**

**understanding**.

**value**

**theoretical**

**value**at most.

**theoretical**

**value**.

**theoretical**

**value**of tat and protease inhibitors.

**work**

**theoretical**

**work**on contemporary social structure is that of social differentiation, and its spatial aspects.

**theoretical**

**work**has clarified two possible causes of ageing.

**theoretical**

**work**.

**theoretical**

**work**.

**theoretical**

**work**which provides the real justification for the interpretation given.

**theoretical**

**work**in industrial organisation.

**theoretical**

**work**or dissatisfaction with the use of concepts.

**EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES**

**theoretical**research

**theoretical**chance of infection, but it is not very likely.

**EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS**

**theoretical**economists, tend to be mainly concerned with the short run.

**theoretical**stretching curves.

**theoretical**meaning embodied in the variable as a concept?

**theoretical**framework prescribes that particular factors are considered causally prior to others.

**theoretical**discussion on concepts and definitions is therefore - perhaps surprisingly - put at the end.

**theoretical**explanations for the term structure of interest rates.

**theoretical**right to go to any school they wished.

##### The Collaborative International Dictionary

**Theoretical**

Theoretic \The`o*ret"ic\, Theoretical \The`o*ret"ic*al\, a. [Gr. ?: cf. L. theoreticus, F. th['e]or['e]tique.] Pertaining to theory; depending on, or confined to, theory or speculation; speculative; terminating in theory or speculation: not practical; as, theoretical learning; theoretic sciences. -- The`o*ret"ic*al*ly, adv.

##### Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

**theoretical**

1610s, "contemplative," with -al (1) + Late Latin *theoreticus* "of or pertaining to theory," from Greek *theoretikos* "contemplative, speculative, pertaining to theory" (by Aristotle contrasted to *praktikos*), from *theoretos* "that may be seen or considered," from *theorein* "to consider, look at" (see theory). Meaning "pertaining to theory, making deductions from theory not from fact" (opposed to *practical*) is from 1650s; earlier in this sense was *theorical* (c.1500). Meaning "ideal, hypothetical" is from 1790s (implied in *theoretically*). Related: *theoretician*.

##### Wiktionary

**theoretical**

a. Of or relating to theory; abstract; not empirical.

##### WordNet

**theoretical**

adj. concerned primarily with theories or hypotheses rather than practical considerations; "theoretical science" [syn: theoretic] [ant: empirical]

concerned with theories rather than their practical applications; "theoretical physics" [ant: applied]

based on specialized theory; "a theoretical analysis" [syn: abstract]

##### Wikipedia

#### Usage examples of "theoretical".

The second impediment is represented by the numerous __theoretical__ positions that see no alternative to the present form of rule except a blind anarchic other and that thus partake in a mysticism of the limit.

The mamuti, anticipating the need for explanations to relieve the anxieties caused by this startling innovation, had mentally searched the __theoretical__ construct of their metaphysical world for answers that would satisfy.

His brief spell in the arcology refuge had shown him how little use __theoretical__ medicine was in the face of real injuries.

The world knows your phenomenal skill in billiards, Professor, a talent second only to your amazing aptitude in __theoretical__ physics.

I think he underrates the part my energy and practical capacity played in bringing about the realisation of his __theoretical__ sphere.

There is no __theoretical__ limit on the length of a buckytube, although current techniques produce samples only a few microns long.

For if by the logical following of this path - as in modern __theoretical__ physics - the whole universe is dissolved into units which can no longer be distinguished from each other, then it will become impossible to count these parts, for it cannot be established whether any given one of these hypothetical elemental particles has been counted or not.

While the Bauble could __theoretical__ly be subdivided into millions of individual macromolecules, it was in fact one super-macromolecule, since the linkages between its __theoretical__ units were themselves molecular in nature.

Labs engineers invent kwanlon, a monomolecular fiber with __theoretical__ strength enough to link Earth with geosynchronous satellites.

Yet you continue to overeat, indicating clearly that the physical sensation of ingestion outweighs the __theoretical__ pleasure of improved appearance.

Spy satellites, carrying radars more sensitive than the equipment that had mapped the surface of Venus from the Magellan spacecraft, could create photomosaics of incredible detail, with a __theoretical__ resolution of detail of a few feet.

In the second chapter of book two, on page 8, the __theoretical__ outline begins, with a discussion of the Photoplay of Action.

Like a master chef, she added ingredients as they occurred to her, going with a prescient sense bolstered by her __theoretical__ proofs.

This __theoretical__ position leads merely to a cynical attitude and quietistic practices.

As, at least in neuroscience, the __theoretical__ limitations of naive reductionism become increasingly apparent, and cold-war suspicions recede into history, the time is ripe for the autonomous Soviet tradition in neurophysiology and psychology to be reassimilated into a more integrated and Universalists neuroscience.