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Synonyms for theoretical

Synonyms for theoretical

existing only in concept and not in reality

concerned primarily with theories rather than practical matters

Synonyms for theoretical

concerned primarily with theories or hypotheses rather than practical considerations

concerned with theories rather than their practical applications


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The theoretical argument for adopting the hypothesis is that it simplifies the statement of the laws according to which events happen in our experience.
Their knowledge was theoretical and their self-assurance unbounded.
Her knowledge of love was purely theoretical, and she conceived of it as lambent flame, gentle as the fall of dew or the ripple of quiet water, and cool as the velvet-dark of summer nights.
There was no room in their theoretical social evolution for an oligarchy, therefore the Oligarchy could not be.
I had a theoretical reverence and homage for beauty, elegance, gallantry, fascination; but had I met those qualities incarnate in masculine shape, I should have known instinctively that they neither had nor could have sympathy with anything in me, and should have shunned them as one would fire, lightning, or anything else that is bright but antipathetic.
My theoretical and his practical knowledge together could not have failed.
In Marseilles they make half the fancy toilet soap we consume in America, but the Marseillaise only have a vague theoretical idea of its use, which they have obtained from books of travel, just as they have acquired an uncertain notion of clean shirts, and the peculiarities of the gorilla, and other curious matters.
No breeder doubts how strong is the tendency to inheritance: like produces like is his fundamental belief: doubts have been thrown on this principle by theoretical writers alone.
Dr Malik's book is the first work on theories of International Relations by a Pakistani author and develops an original theoretical approach by engaging in post-Cold War and post-9/11 academic discourses.
For most of the last two decades of his life, says Twiss, the political and theoretical issue that concerned Leon Trotsky (1879-1940) more than any other was the problem of Soviet bureaucracy.
September 9, 2013), was a renowned and prominent Pakistani theoretical physicist and an eminent scientist, specializing in high-energy physics and nuclear physics.
of Heidelberg, Germany) presents a textbook for students who have a reasonably complete knowledge of the material usually taught in the introductory courses on theoretical physics, among them classical mechanics, electrodynamics, quantum mechanics, and thermodynamics.
Such a broad scope of practice necessitates a theoretical foundation that is anchored in the concept of human competence.
Smolin works at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, a think tank in Ontario; his book The Trouble With Physics combines a pungent critique of the regnant views in theoretical physics with a broader meditation on how science works, or fails to work.
degree in theoretical particle physics and the other by a physicist who sometimes works in string theory--that cast string theory in a dramatically unflattering light.
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