What Is A Theoretical Premise?


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Theoretical is often seen to be synonymous with hypothetical. If something is theoretical, it has not yet happened but due to various sources, it is believed to happen in this way. The sources may be predictions based on case studies, investigations and observations or mathematical evaluations. It is usually more than a simple guess, there will be foundations beneath a theoretical expectation. It may be used in the sentence, 'Theoretically we should have made a profit this month....' The fact that theoretical is used in this sentence will suggest that the something did not go to plan but all the elements were in place to ensure a profit should have been made.

A premise is a declarative sentence in which an argument has been set. The sentence may not necessarily be the phrase that begins an argument or statement but it provides help and support to reach some form of conclusion.

This could lead us to summarize that a Theoretical Premise is a hypothetical argument. It is a phrase or sentence and it is more than likely that the sentence has not yet been said. The premise has been thought about, discussed, analyzed and considered. In may have been considered and opposed against other views or thoughts or people and it is something to be pondered for some time.

A theoretical premise may always remain just a theory or a thought in someone's mind. There is a chance that it could develop into something more concrete but there is equal possibility that it may remain theoretical forever. This is why a theoretical premise is similar to and at the same time opposite to a research hypothesis. A research hypothesis is much more structured and the person who develops it will usually base it on knowledge and previous research. There will usually be a specific intended outcome and some form of experiment will usually take place to test the hypothesis.

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