Practical and Theoretical


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Practical adjective – Capable of being put to use or account.
Usage example: she has some practical information on sightseeing in San Francisco

Theoretical is an antonym for practical in empirical topic.
Nearby Words: practice, practise, practiced, practically, practicable
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Theoretical adjective – Existing only as an assumption or speculation.
Usage example: the merits of the new testing procedures are purely theoretical, since no one has ever used them before

Practical is an antonym for theoretical.
Nearby Words: theory, theoretic, theoretically, theorist, theoretician
Antonyms for Theoretical
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Things that words describes

application practical application theoretical application
work practical work theoretical work
value practical value theoretical value
training practical training theoretical training
Other nouns: knowledge, limit, way, design, level, effects, side, version, weapons, designs.

Both words in one sentence

  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist Professor Desty Nova in Gunnm mastered every practical and theoretical science up to and including nanotechnology before inventing "karmatron dynamics".
  • Ace Pilot He had extremely good both theoretical and practical knowledge on how airplanes behaved and what various plane models could do and what they couldn't.
    Source: Ace Pilot
  • Oddly, despite their practical problems, they both possesses great theoretical knowledge of people.
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