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  Definition of theory
  1. a tentative theory about the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena; "a scientific hypothesis that survives experimental testing becomes a scientific theory"; "he proposed a fresh theory
  2. a belief that can guide behavior; "the architect has a theory that more is less"; "they killed him on the theory that dead men tell no tales"
  3. a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world; an organized system of accepted knowledge that applies in a variety of circumstances to explain a specific set of phenomena; "theories can incorporate facts and laws and tested hypothes
Similar Words: hypothesis, possibility

 

Hyponyms: model, theoretical account, framework, speculation, conjecture, assumption, supposition, supposal, patchwork, hodgepodge, jumble, reductionism, blastogenesis, preformation, theory of preformation, scientific theory, field theory, economic theory, atomism, atomic theory, atomist theory, atomistic theory, holism, holistic theory, structuralism, structural sociology, structural anthropology

 

Derivational Morphology: speculate, theorize, theorise, conjecture, hypothesize, hypothesise, hypothecate, suppose

 

Language Translations:
Croatian: teorija   Dutch: theorie  
Finnish: teoria   French: théorie  
German: Theorie   Italian: teoria  
Japanese: sc=Jpan   Maltese: teorija  
Norwegian: teori   Portuguese: teoria  
Russian: теория   Spanish: teoría  
Swedish: teori  
 
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