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Webster 1913 Edition


Theoric

The-or′ic

,
Adj.
[Cf. F.
théorique
. See
Theory
.]
1.
Of or pertaining to the theorica.
2.
(pron. [GREEK])
Relating to, or skilled in, theory; theoretically skilled.
[Obs.]
A man but young,
Yet old in judgment,
theoric
and practic
In all humanity.
Massinger.

The′o-ric

,
Noun.
[OF.
theorique
; cf. L.
theorice
.]
Speculation; theory.
[Obs.]
Shak.

Webster 1828 Edition


Theoric

THE'ORIC

,
Noun.
Speculation.

Definition 2022


theoric

theoric

English

Noun

theoric (plural theorics)

  1. (obsolete) Theory, as opposed to practice. [14th-19th c.]
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essayes, London: Edward Blount, OCLC 946730821, II.27:
      We travel into Italie to learne the art of fencing, and practise it at the cost of our lives, before we know it; it were requisite, according to the order of true discipline, we should preferre the theorike before the practike.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, II.2.4:
      Jucundus [] confesseth of himself, that he was mightily delighted with these husbandry studies, and took extraordinary pleasure in them: if the theoric or speculation can so much affect, what shall the place and exercise, the practic part, do?

Adjective

theoric (comparative more theoric, superlative most theoric)

  1. (obsolete) Relating to, or skilled in, theory.
    • Massinger
      A man but young, / Yet old in judgment, theoric and practic / In all humanity.
  2. Relating to the Ancient Greek Theorica.