Definitions

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  • adv. in theory; on paper
  • adv. in a theoretical manner

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a theoretic manner; in or by theory; from a theoretical point of view; speculatively: opposed to practically.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a theoretical manner
  • adv. in theory; according to the assumed facts

Etymologies

theoretical +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It theoretically protects property rights of even the lowliest hire, but the key term is _theoretically_.

    Analog Science Fiction and Fact

  • Her new title theoretically gives her full access to the Oval Office (it's the same official "rank" as Rahm Emanuel has), and Obama will -- finally!

    Chris Weigant: Friday Talking Points [139] -- Three Years Of FTP

  • Her new title theoretically gives her full access to the Oval Office it's the same official "rank" as Rahm Emanuel has, and Obama will -- finally!

    Chris Weigant: Friday Talking Points [139] -- Three Years Of FTP

  • He added that there was no real strategic voting, which he called "theoretically appealing" but in practice the empirical evidence suggested it didn't make any difference to the outcome.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • Those wines generally fell into the category vino da tavola - table wine - a term theoretically reserved for wines that fell below the Tuscan standards.

    The Pour

  • Individuals remain theoretically important, but their liberty interests are forfeited.

    Benjamin R. Barber: Socialism For Dummies or: Why Obama Isn't a Communist

  • That may be challenging to explain theoretically, but it is silly to suggest the idea that minimum wage laws sometimes do not raise unemployment is clearly wrong in light of the empirical evidence.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Ideology and Economic Ignorance

  • I love it that as much as people announce that The End Of The Book Is Nigh, nevertheless the book as a medium and a form and an idea seems to be strengthened (via litbogging, here) by the very medium (electronic) that theoretically is endangering it!

    Late to the Party,

  • For that he has been smeared by past and present employees of OLAF, whose job, theoretically, is to deal with the waste and fraud in the Commission and related bodies.

    How appropriate

  • The reason why I'm using the word theoretically, is that this has not been tried in humans, it's been tried in animals with some success.

    CNN Transcript Jul 18, 2006

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