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 A simple explanation of theoreticity says that a term is theoretical if and as long as it refers to nonobservational entities. Paradigmatic samples of such entities are electrons, neutrinos, gravitational forces, genes etc. There is yet one more explanation of theoreticity: a theoretical term is one whose meaning becomes determined through the axioms of a theory . The meaning of the term ‘force’, for example, is seen to be determined by Newton’s laws of motion and further laws about special forces, such as the law of gravitation. Theoreticity may be a property that's commonly applied to both expressions within the language of science, and referents and ideas of such expressions. Objects, relations and functions also as concepts thereof may thus qualify as theoretical during a derived sense. Several semantics are devised that aim to elucidate how a theory contributes to the interpretation of its theoretical terms and intrinsically determines what they mean and how they are understood. All of those semantics assume the respective theory to tend in an axiomatic fashion. Yet, theoretical terms also are recognizable in scientific theories which have so far resisted a satisfying axiomatization. This is thanks to the very fact that these theories contain general propositions that have the logical sort of universal axioms. Theoretical terms pertain to variety of topics within the philosophy of science. A fully fledged semantics of such terms commonly involves a press release about scientific realism and its alternatives. Such a semantics, moreover, may involve an account of how observation is said to theory in science. All formal accounts of theoretical terms deny the analytic-synthetic distinction to be applicable to the axioms of a theory. The recognition of theoretical terms within the language of science by Carnap thus amounts to a rejection of an important tenet of early logical empiricism and positivism, viz., the demonstration that each one empirically significant sentences are translatable into an observation language. The present article explains the principal distinction between observational and theoretical terms, discusses important criticisms and refinements of this distinction and investigates two problems concerning the semantics of theoretical terms. Finally, the main formal accounts of this semantics are expounded.  

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