a. not practical or applied; hypothetical; of or based on theory
His work in theoretical physics, which I will not attempt to explain further here, has advance our understanding of the universe.
Sentence in Classic:
Having never before taken any interest in educational questions, Alexey Alexandrovitch devoted some time to the theoretical study of the subject.
Anna Karenina(V2) By Leo Tolstoy Context
He laughed at theoretical treatises on estate management, disliked factories, the raising of expensive products, and the buying of expensive seed corn, and did not make a hobby of any particular part of the work on his estate.
War and Peace(V6) By Leo Tolstoy Context
The reader will not be surprised if, for various reasons, we do not here treat in a thorough manner, from the theoretical point of view, the questions raised by socialism.
Les Misérables (V4) By Victor Hugo Context
They had been instructed theoretically in their religion, but never required to bring it into daily practice.
Mansfield Park By Jane Austen Context