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English definition of “theoretically”

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.
(Definition of theoretically from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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