Theory

Definition of Theory

The´o`ry
n.1.A doctrine, or scheme of things, which terminates in speculation or contemplation, without a view to practice; hypothesis; speculation.
2.An exposition of the general or abstract principles of any science; as, the theory of music.
3.The science, as distinguished from the art; as, the theory and practice of medicine.
4.The philosophical explanation of phenomena, either physical or moral; as, Lavoisier's theory of combustion; Adam Smith's theory of moral sentiments.
Atomic theory
etc. See under Atomic, Binary, etc.

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