theory

  • 1 theory — theo‧ry [ˈθɪəri ǁ ˈθiːəri] noun theories PLURALFORM 1. [countable] an idea or set of ideas that is intended to explain why something happens or how it works: theory of • The book is called An Evolutionary Theory of Economic Change . • The theory… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 2 Theory m — – A Theory of Leadership Management = Theory M X Y The Theory M style of leadership is one that recognizes that it is necessary to employ a variety of tactics for varying management situations. This type manager / leader is confident in his… …

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  • 3 Theory — The o*ry, n.; pl. {Theories}. [F. th[ e]orie, L. theoria, Gr. ? a beholding, spectacle, contemplation, speculation, fr. ? a spectator, ? to see, view. See {Theater}.] 1. A doctrine, or scheme of things, which terminates in speculation or… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 theory — theory, social theory A theory is an account of the world which goes beyond what we can see and measure. It embraces a set of interrelated definitions and relationships that organizes our concepts of and understanding of the empirical world in a… …

    Dictionary of sociology

  • 5 theory — I noun assumption, belief, conjecture, doctrina, doctrine, dogma, guesswork, hypothesis, ideology, opinion, philosophy, postulate, presupposition, proposition, ratio, speculation, supposition, surmise, thesis, thought, untested opinion, view… …

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  • 6 Theory X — ˌTheory ˈX noun [singular] HUMAN RESOURCES the theory that employees will not work well unless managers pay close attention to their work and control them by encouraging or threatening them * * * Theory X UK US noun [S] ► HR, MANAGEMENT the idea… …

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  • 7 Theory Y — ˌTheory ˈY noun [singular] HUMAN RESOURCES the theory that employees will generally work well and take responsibility for their own work, if they have the right conditions and rewards * * * Theory Y UK US noun [S] ► HR, MANAGEMENT the idea that… …

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  • 8 Theory Z — ˌTheory ˈZ noun [singular] HUMAN RESOURCES the theory that when employees are very involved in their organization and in making decisions, as in the Japanese style of management, they work better and produce more * * * Theory Z UK US noun [S] ►… …

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  • 9 theory — [thē′ə rē, thir′ē] n. pl. theories [< Fr or LL: Fr théorie < LL theoria < Gr theōria, a looking at, contemplation, speculation, theory < theōrein: see THEOREM] 1. Obs. a mental viewing; contemplation 2. a speculative idea or plan as… …

    English World dictionary

  • 10 theory — ► NOUN (pl. theories) 1) a supposition or a system of ideas intended to explain something, especially one based on general principles independent of the thing to be explained. 2) an idea accounting for or justifying something. 3) a set of… …

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  • 11 theory — theory …

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  • 12 theory — (n.) 1590s, conception, mental scheme, from L.L. theoria (Jerome), from Gk. 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 …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 13 theory — *hypothesis, law Analogous words: judgment, conclusion, deduction, inference (see under INFER): postulate, presumption, assumption, presupposition (see under PRESUPPOSE) Antonyms: practice …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 14 theory — [n] hypothesis, belief approach, argument, assumption, base, basis, code, codification, concept, conditions, conjecture, doctrine, dogma, feeling, formularization, foundation, grounds, guess, guesswork, hunch, idea, ideology, impression, method,… …

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  • 15 Theory — The word theory has many distinct meanings in different fields of knowledge, depending on their methodologies and the context of discussion.In science a theory is a testable model of the manner of interaction of a set of natural phenomena,… …

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  • 16 theory — /thee euh ree, thear ee/, n., pl. theories. 1. a coherent group of general propositions used as principles of explanation for a class of phenomena: Einstein s theory of relativity. 2. a proposed explanation whose status is still conjectural, in… …

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  • 17 theory — n. 1) to formulate a theory 2) to advance, advocate, present, propose, suggest a theory 3) to confirm; develop; test a theory 4) to disprove, explode, refute a theory 5) a pet; scientific theory 6) game; information; number; political; quantum;… …

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  • 18 theory —    by Bruce Baugh   Deleuze s most interesting thoughts on theory come in a discussion with Michel Foucault, where he puts forward the following idea: A theory is exactly like a box of tools . . . It must be useful. It must function (D&F 1977:… …

    The Deleuze dictionary

  • 19 theory —    by Bruce Baugh   Deleuze s most interesting thoughts on theory come in a discussion with Michel Foucault, where he puts forward the following idea: A theory is exactly like a box of tools . . . It must be useful. It must function (D&F 1977:… …

    The Deleuze dictionary

  • 20 theory — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ complete, unified ▪ a grand unified theory of the physical forces governing matter ▪ general ▪ coherent ▪ current …

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