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theoretically

adverb
 
 
/θɪəˈretɪkəli/
used to say what is possible, although it may not actually happen: Theoretically, employees could be liable for the whole amount. Stock can theoretically be bought from one market maker and sold to another at an immediate profit.
in a way that relates to ideas and theories rather than practical actions: The research will first examine the ideas theoretically.
Translations of “theoretically”
in Korean 이론적으로, 이론상으로…
in Arabic نَظرِيّا…
in Portuguese teoricamente…
in Catalan en teoria…
in Japanese 理論上では…
in Italian teoricamente…
in Chinese (Traditional) 理論上…
in Russian теоретически…
in Turkish kuramsal olarak, teorik olarak, görünüşe bakılırsa…
in Chinese (Simplified) 理论上…
in Polish teoretycznie…
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