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- 1. theoretical (vs. empirical), theoretic, abstractive, a priori, conjectural, divinatory, hypothetical, hypothetic, supposed, suppositional, suppositious, supposititious, notional, speculative, metaphysical, theory-based
- usage: concerned primarily with theories or hypotheses rather than practical considerations; "theoretical science"
- 2. theoretical (vs. applied), abstract, academic, pure
- usage: concerned with theories rather than their practical applications; "theoretical physics"
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