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Theory meaning

theory - 5 dictionary results

  1. 1. A doctrine, or scheme of things, which terminates in speculation or contemplation, without a view to practice; hypothesis; speculation.
  2. 2. An exposition of the general or abstract principles of any science; as, the theory of music.
  3. 3. The science, as distinguished from the art; as, the theory and practice of medicine.
  4. 4. The philosophical explanation of phenomena, either physical or moral; as, Lavoisier's theory of combustion; Adam Smith's theory of moral sentiments.
  5. 5. Explanation or system of anything; unproved explanation of any series of phenomena; exposition of abstract principles; speculation.

theory - examples of usage

  1. Her theory is that we must all die together; the children haven't been at school since the strike began. - "A Hazard of New Fortunes, Part Fifth", William Dean Howells.
  2. She looked at him, and from his fixed stare she thought that he must be working out some theory, some argument. - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
  3. The second theory is that generally held by Indians. - "Ways of Wood Folk", William J. Long.
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