theory


theory
noun
ADJECTIVE
complete, unified

a grand unified theory of the physical forces governing matter

general
coherent
current, modern, new
classical

Keynes misinterpreted the classical theory of interest.

pet

One of her pet theories is that people who restrict their calorie intake live longer.

alternative, conflicting
abstract

His comments are just abstract theory and show little understanding of the realities of the situation.

economic, legal, linguistic, literary, political, scientific, social, etc.
critical
feminist, Marxist, postmodern, structuralist, etc.

Current feminist theory consists of several different trends.

the dominant strand of postmodern theory

chaos, evolutionary, game, number, probability, quantum, string, etc.
conspiracy

a conspiracy theory about the princess's death

… OF THEORIES
set

Each school has its own set of theories.

VERB + THEORY
have, hold
advance, develop, formulate, present, produce, propose, put forward
work on

Police are working on the theory that the murderer was known to the family.

refute, reject
accept
confirm, prove, support
disprove
challenge, test
apply, use
THEORY + VERB
hold sth, suggest sth
explain sth, predict sth
be based on sth
PREPOSITION
in theory

In theory, these machines should last for ten years.

theory about

He has a theory about why dogs walk in circles before going to sleep.

PHRASES
put (the) theory into practice, theory and practice

the distinction/relationship between theory and practice

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