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Adjective: theoretical  thee-u're-ti-kul
  1. Concerned primarily with theories or hypotheses rather than practical considerations
    "theoretical science";
    - theoretic
  2. Aiming to understand fundamental principles rather than developing practical applications
    "theoretical physics"

See also: a priori, abstract, abstractive, academic, conjectural, divinatory, hypothetic, hypothetical, metaphysical, notional, pure, speculative, supposed, suppositional, suppositious, supposititious, theory-based

Antonym: applied

Encyclopedia: Theoretical