Synonyms for theoretical

Synonyms for (adjective) theoretical

Synonyms: theoretic, theoretical

Definition: concerned primarily with theories or hypotheses rather than practical considerations

Usage: theoretical science

Similar words: abstractive

Definition: of an abstracting nature or having the power of abstracting

Usage: abstractive analysis


Similar words: a priori

Definition: based on hypothesis or theory rather than experiment


Similar words: supposed, suppositional, suppositious, supposititious, hypothetic, hypothetical, divinatory, conjectural

Definition: based primarily on surmise rather than adequate evidence

Usage: theories about the extinction of dinosaurs are still highly conjectural; the supposed reason for his absence; suppositious reconstructions of dead languages; hypothetical situation


Similar words: speculative, notional

Definition: not based on fact or investigation

Usage: a notional figure of cost helps in determining production costs; speculative knowledge


Similar words: metaphysical

Definition: highly abstract and overly theoretical

Usage: metaphysical reasoning


Similar words: theory-based

Definition: based in theory rather than experiment

Usage: theory-based arguments and positions


Synonyms: theoretical

Definition: concerned with theories rather than their practical applications

Usage: theoretical physics

Similar words: abstract

Definition: dealing with a subject in the abstract without practical purpose or intention

Usage: abstract reasoning; abstract science


Similar words: academic

Definition: hypothetical or theoretical and not expected to produce an immediate or practical result

Usage: an academic discussion; an academic question


Similar words: pure

Definition: concerned with theory and data rather than practice; opposed to applied

Usage: pure science