Commonly Misused Words

My Examples: Hypothetical and Theoretical

Alright so I'm going to explain what a Commonly Misused Word is. When thinking about it, most people would think commonly misspelled word...well that would be COMPLETELY wrong. A commonly misused word is a word that, as the name states, is commonly misused. Like Hypothetical vs. Theoretical. Most people substitute Theoretical for Hypothetical thinking they mean the same thing, but again, would be wrong. Hypothetical means "of, based on, or serving as a hypothesis." On the contrary, Theoretical is "concerned with or involving the theory of a subject or area of study rather than its practical application." As you can see, nothing alike, yet it's so easy to think that way.

Examples of how to actually use the words in sentences:


The hypothetical population study comprised patients undergoing carotid endarterectomy.


The theoretical resolution is never obtained due to lens aberrations which are difficult to fully compensate for in electron optical systems.

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