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Many physicians lack the theoretical framework within which to understand this disease. An Alternative Approach to Allergies (1990)That may compromise some theoretical privacy but it would far better uphold both accountability and transparency. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The tragedy may have been purely theoretical but it hurt. Times, Sunday Times (2006)You may have a theoretical moral duty to help those who are in considerably worse straits than yourself. Christianity Today (2000)It is no good just studying purely theoretical subjects that have little to do with the world of work. The Sun (2008)The divine call is always heard as a moral and practical as opposed to a theoretical or purely cognitive one. Times, Sunday Times (2013)It is this borrowed theoretical framework that gets in the way of their being able to reply to sociological criticisms satisfactorily. The Politics of Redress - crime, punishment and penal abolition (1989)One would be to begin with a complete elaboration of the theoretical framework and then move on to empirical applications or tests. Competing in a Global Economy (1990)Of course not - for no theoretical framework exists to make such connections. An Alternative Approach to Allergies (1990)We know from recent history that it's not a purely theoretical risk. Times, Sunday Times (2016)At the same time, interest in theoretical explanations of the rise of social services increased. Introduction to Social Administration in Britain (1990)What happens at the coalface in medicine affects the research chosen, so that it is more than purely theoretical. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Since his political perspective was capitalist at its very foundation, he necessarily arrived at a general theoretical framework that defended capitalist social relations. The Making of Neoclassical Economics (1990)He wanted to assist with the reconstruction of postwar France and helped to provide a theoretical framework for the government to rebuild its economy. Times, Sunday Times (2010)These theoretical calculations may appear arcane, but they really do have an impact on issues such as capital spending in lots of companies. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Meanwhile, the pricing freedoms that Yell is set to enjoy may be more theoretical than actual. Times, Sunday Times (2006)If you have no evidence that your job and lifestyle have caused distress or disadvantage to the family, your worries seem to be purely theoretical. Get the Best out of the Rest of Your Life (1990) Different theoretical approaches simply constitute different, and more or less equally valid, ways of looking at that phenomenon. Macrosociology: An Introduction to Human Societies (1995)In fact, it now looks as though that generation's approach to theoretical physics may have been a dead end. Times, Sunday Times (2014)For past the first ten million or so, money becomes purely theoretical: you can only be on one yacht at a time. Times, Sunday Times (2016)
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British English: theoretical ADJECTIVE
A theoretical study or explanation is based on ideas about it, rather than practical aspects of it.
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