V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. concerned with theories or hypothesis rather than practical considerations; 2. related to an explanation that is speculative, but has not been proven
Synonyms: hypothetical, speculative, abstract, academic
Antonyms: factual, practical, applied, proved
Tips: One of the definitions of the word theory is "an idea or belief about something developed through speculation, that is not proven." If an idea is theoretical, it has not been proven, it is still just a theory or an idea. The related verb theorize means, "to suggest an explanation for something; to guess."
I have a theoretical explanation for your problem, but I'm not sure it can be proved. (hypothetical, speculative)
His theoretical analysis of the situation was not enough to convince me that he was right; I needed hard evidence. (speculative, hypothetical)
I theorized that Jimmy was on vacation, since he didn't return my call. (guessed, speculated)
Your solution to the problem is theoretical, and I'm just not sure it's a sound plan. (speculative, abstract, hypothetical)
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