theory

[ thee-uh-ree, theer-ee ]SEE DEFINITION OF theory
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Here is one theory that swallows up and annihilates all others.

I thought him as true a representative of the people as ever theory could portray.

But the interference must be regulated by some theory of the individual's rights.

It is time now, I think, to test my theory by considering the converse of it.

He keeps playing with action as an artist plays with a theory.

"I think that was carrying your theory a little too far," said the professor dubiously.

The rest of my theory is embodied in the foregoing narrative.

Fragments of knowledge came to him, but nothing on which to build a theory of what was wrong.

She had come to believe almost his theory of the future, since it was not repugnant to her prejudices.

Half my theory proved just; that is saying a great deal for any theory.

WORD ORIGIN

1590s, "conception, mental scheme," from Late Latin theoria (Jerome), from Greek theoria "contemplation, speculation, a looking at, things looked at," from theorein "to consider, speculate, look at," from theoros "spectator," from thea "a view" + horan "to see" (see warrant (n.)). Sense of "principles or methods of a science or art (rather than its practice)" is first recorded 1610s. That of "an explanation based on observation and reasoning" is from 1630s.

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