in theory

  1. with regard to fundamentals although not concerning details
    in principle, we agree
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How To Use in theory In A Sentence

  • Using hydroponics, inorganic fertiliser, electric light and genetic modification we could in theory feed the entire world from a multi-storey farm the size of Wales.
  • In such instances, dissenters have a chance to go beyond a statement of what they, in theory, would do on an issue.
  • In theory, we were going to walk up the thousand steps, but neither of us could be bothered.
  • Steel actually work-hardens over time, so in theory, steel shafts get slightly stiffer the more they're used.
  • In theory, this could be a smart strategic move but it is likely to "domesticate" Julian Assange; running such an NGO would require too many boring meetings with potential funders many of whom have already been alienated by the organisation and a nine-to-five office routine - the exact opposite of the glamorous nomadic lifestyle that the founder of WikiLeaks has become famous for. The Guardian World News
  • 'Aren't you supposed to be retired?' 'Yes, in theory.'
  • In theory, PLS is applied in situations of multicollinearity, but the MBH network has many series that are essentially white noise and thus the proxies are surprisingly close to being orthogonal in the early networks and there are blocks of orthogonal series in the later network. More on Bürger et al 2006 « Climate Audit
  • In theory, but seldom in practice, their supposedly superior knowledge gave them a monopoly over the practice of physic and the authority to supervise the work of surgeons.
  • In theory, it might make sense to give judges the power to grant snooping applications. The Sun
  • While the idea of people telling their stories is attractive in theory, in practice the courts are overburdened as it is.
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