What Does Theory Mean?

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Generally, a theory is used to refer to something unproven, may it be ideas or speculations. In mathematics and science, a theory is a testable idea used in explaining an occurrence, while theory in arts refers to a non-practical part of their work. Since the word “theory” means a wide variety of things, depending on context, it can sometimes be confusing.
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the·o·ry
[thee-uh-ree, theer-ee]
NOUN [PLURAL THE·O·RIES.]
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a coherent group of tested general propositions, commonly regarded as correct, that can be used as principles of explanation and prediction for a class of phenomena: Einstein's theory of relativity.
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a proposed explanation whose status is still conjectural and subject to experimentation, in contrast to well-established propositions that are regarded as reporting matters of actual fact.
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Mathematics a body of principles, theorems, or the like, belonging to one subject: number theory.
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the branch of a science or art that deals with its principles or methods, as distinguished from its practice: music theory.
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a particular conception or view of something to be done or of the method of doing it; a system of rules or principles: conflicting theories of how children best learn to read.
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A theory means an idea that has been proposed, tested, and found to be true so far. A theory, though, is not foolproof and it still needs more testing. If a theory is proven to be fool proof it can be made into a law. You can find more information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theory
A theory is a well studied but unprovable idea that explains some natural phenomenon. Scientists create theories to explain why things work based on the information that has already been discovered. The most famous theory is Einstein's Theory of Relativity.
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