Theoretical vs Literature - What's the difference?

theoretical | literature |

As an adjective theoretical

is of or relating to theory; abstract; not empirical.

As a noun literature is

the body of all written works.




(en adjective)
  • Of or relating to theory; abstract; not empirical.
  • Derived terms

    * intertheoretical * intratheoretical * nontheoretical

    Coordinate terms

    * practical



    (wikipedia literature) (Literature) (Literature) (Literature)

    Alternative forms

    * literatuer (obsolete)


  • The body of all written works.
  • The collected creative writing of a nation, people, group or culture.
  • All the papers, treatises etc. published in academic journals on a particular subject.
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  • The obvious question to ask at this point is: ‘Why posit the existence of a set of Thematic Relations (THEME, AGENT, INSTRUMENT, etc.) distinct from constituent structure relations?? The answer given in the relevant literature is that a variety of linguistic phenomena can be accounted for in a more principled way in terms of Thematic Functions than in terms of constituent structure relations.
  • Written fiction of a high standard.
  • However, even “literary” science fiction rarely qualifies as literature , because it treats characters as sets of traits rather than as fully realized human beings with unique life stories. —Adam Cadre, 2008


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