Difference between Abstract and Theoretical

What is the difference between Abstract and Theoretical?

Abstract as an adjective is extracted. while Theoretical as an adjective is of or pertaining to theoretic studies (abstract, not empirical)


Part of speech: noun

Definition: An abridgement or summary. Something that concentrates in itself the qualities of something else. An abstraction; an abstract term. An abstract work of art. That which is abstract. A powdered solid extract of a vegetable substance mixed with sugar of milk in such proportion that one part of the abstract represents two parts of the original substance.

Part of speech: adjective

Definition: Extracted. Considered apart from any application to a particular object; removed from; apart from; separate; abstracted. Absent in mind. Apart from practice or reality; not concrete; ideal; vague; theoretical; impersonal. Difficult to understand; abstruse. Free from representational qualities. General (as opposed to particular). Of a class in object-oriented programming, being a partial basis for subclasses rather than a complete template for objects.

Part of speech: verb

Definition: To separate; to remove; to take away. To withdraw. (euphemistic) To steal; to take away; to remove without permission. To create artistic abstractions of. To summarize; to abridge; to epitomize. To consider abstractly; to contemplate separately or by itself. To draw off (interest or attention). To extract by means of distillation. To withdraw oneself; to retire. To perform the process of abstraction. To produce an abstraction, usually by refactoring existing code. Generally used with "out".

Example sentence: The Vietnam War required us to emphasize the national interest rather than abstract principles. What President Nixon and I tried to do was unnatural. And that is why we didn't make it.


Part of speech: adjective

Definition: of or pertaining to theoretic studies (abstract, not empirical)

Example sentence: In specific circumstances the period of aging decline can set in earlier in a particular organ than in the organism as a whole which, in a certain general or theoretical sense, is left a cripple or invalid.

We hope you now know whether to use Abstract or Theoretical in your sentence.

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