Meaning of THEORETIC in English

THEORETIC

theo ‧ ret ‧ i ‧ cal W3 AC /θɪəˈretɪk ə l $ ˌθiːə-/ BrE AmE ( also theo‧ret‧ic /θɪəˈretɪk $ ˌθiːə-/) adjective

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ theorist , ↑ theory , ↑ theorem , theoretician; verb : ↑ theorize ; adverb : ↑ theoretically ; adjective : ↑ theoretical ]

1 . relating to the study of ideas, especially scientific ideas, rather than with practical uses of the ideas or practical experience ⇨ theory , practical , applied :

theoretical physics

Aristotle’s theoretical model of the universe

She has theoretical knowledge of teaching, but no practical experience.

2 . a theoretical situation or condition could exist but does not really exist SYN hypothetical :

Equality between men and women in our society is still only theoretical.

a theoretical risk of an explosion

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.