from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the theorica.
  • adj. Relating to, or skilled in, theory; theoretically skilled.
  • n. Speculation; theory.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Making deductions from theory, especially from imperfect theory; theorizing. Also theorical.
  • n. Theory; speculation; that which is theoretical.
  • n. A treatise or part of a treatise containing scientific explanation of phenomena.
  • Of or pertaining to public spectacles, etc.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French theorique, probably from Medieval Latin *theōrica, from Ancient Greek θεωρική.


  • It is life that we have here, the 'theoric' on the one side, the 'practic' on the other.

    The Philosophy of the Plays of Shakspere Unfolded

  • The French Exit the glade of theoric ornithic hermetica

    The OLM Blog » Microreview: Slavitt’s Orlando Furioso

  • Dasher is a writing system which uses information theoric concepts to allow the user to steer through an emerging web of possible word completions.

    Dasher - writing with gestures

  • I hope to publish soon a theoric paper on how it works.

    Phrack Issue #63 (The Lost Circle of Hackers)

  • Parolles, the gallant militarist, — that was his own phrase, — that had the whole theoric of war in the knot of his scarf, and the practise in the chape of his dagger.

    All’s Well That Ends Well

  • Pish, I understand not the rhetoric (theoric, I should say), but I help myself somewhat by the practice.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • All financial surpluses were put in the theoric fund to be used for the public's entertainment.


  • Athens made an alliance with Olynthus, but an attempt by Demosthenes to divert money from the theoric fund for military purposes failed.


  • He also succeeded in devoting surplus state income to military purposes instead of the theoric fund.


  • The prop of Israel, the much-enlightened master, “Eximious Jochanan Ben Sabbathai,” when his last hour is at hand has to confess that all his wisdom of life lies in his theoric; in practice he is still an infant; striving presumptuously in boyhood to live an angel, now that he comes to die he is hardly a man.

    Robert Browning


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