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theorize about (someone or something)

To speculate, conjecture, or make guesses about someone or something. Everyone has been theorizing about what the company's next product might be. If I'm going into business with someone, I don't want to have to speculate about them, their past, or their motivations—I want concrete facts.
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theorize on (something)

To speculate, conjecture, or form a hypothesis about something, especially in manner that is abstract or without supporting evidence. These analysts who spend so much time theorizing on the effects of these economic changes will have on the working class have no idea what it's like to actually live through them. We've theorized on several different methods of enhancing cellular regeneration, but it will be many years before technology will prove whether or not they could be viable.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

theorize about someone or something

to hypothesize about someone or something; to conjecture about someone or something. Let's not waste time theorizing about Ted. He won't change. I can only theorize about what happened.
See also: theorize

theorize on something

to make a theory about something. There is no point in theorizing on something when you have all the empirical evidence you need to draw a conclusion. He spent the afternoon theorizing on the origin of the universe.
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Unfettered by the constraints of inductive comparison, a court is free to theorize. Once theorization has begun, no clear rules exist to terminate the process.
Given the finality of law, it is far more realistic to ambitiously theorize while maintaining a weaker stare decisis effect.
Determining at what point to theorize is a crucial inquiry that resolves the dispute between proceeding by theoretically modest or robust inductive reasoning.
The relevant question is whether this is the proper point of theorization or whether one should theorize between cases to establish an analogy between them.
(152) Judicial restraint may require that a court theorize no more than required to resolve a case, but theoretical modesty may leave a court no choice other than to impose some theory on minimally defined precedent to proceed by analogy.
Awaiting conceptual ascent does not promote judicial restraint but produces large analogical gaps between precedents that create the opportunity for a later court to theorize. A court's power over its successor courts terminates upon articulating its reasoning for deciding a case.
(174) If there is a sufficient gap in theorization between what the precedent has articulated and what is required to resolve the case at hand, the court must theorize at the point of application.
It's likely that this version of the DRD4 gene, which occurs in a sizable minority of people worldwide, resulted from one or more unusual mutations of the common form and then increased in frequency as the Stone Age wound down, around 40,000 years ago, Ding and his coworkers theorize.
These sensory crossroads weave diverse sensory strands into a tapestry of perceived objects and scenes, he theorizes.
People who make others laugh may make friends especially easily, Martin theorizes. If so, they probably reap the well-established health benefits of having many supportive relationships.
There, widespread discouragement of men from hitting women, as well as women's growing economic power and independence from coercion by their husbands' families, makes open aggression less risky for women than it is elsewhere, he theorizes.
This region fosters mental imagery, the team theorizes.
205), may worsen some forms of bipolar illness, Wehr theorizes. Under these circumstances, the timing of the body's sleep-wake cycle appears to come unhinged from the outside world's daily cycle of light and darkness, he suggests.
Any of a variety of social, psychological, and biological mechanisms may provoke depression, the scientists theorize, but only a single brain network inspires mania.
If scrappy males monopolize nectar, females develop longer bills to reach the leftovers, he theorizes. The same logic could also explain why clustering dampens the trend toward long female bills, Bleiweiss points out.