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[tek-ni-kal-i-tee] /ˌtɛk nɪˈkæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural technicalities for 2, 3.
technical character.
the use of technical methods or terms.
something that is technical; a technical point, detail, or expression.
Origin of technicality
1805-15; technical + -ity
Related forms
hypertechnicality, noun
overtechnicality, noun, plural overtechnicalities. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for technicality
  • The supervisor told the staffer that surely he did not want to stay, on account of a technicality, where he was unwanted.
  • In many ways, though, their nonreality is a mere technicality.
  • He also found technicality to get his other opponent disqualified.
  • Which brings us to your never-ending search for some legal technicality that will undo what currently exists.
  • Appeals ended this week with the upholding of the sentence, an apparent technicality.
  • Obviously here it is a technicality and no crime was committed.
  • The unsuccessful consumers typically did not receive anything or were turned down because of a technicality.
  • To a couple interested only in the fastest way to untie the knot, the question may seem to be an unimportant technicality.
  • Unfortunately, that verdict was thrown out on a technicality.
  • In other words, a legal technicality approach to what should be a decision put in the hands of the people.
British Dictionary definitions for technicality


noun (pl) -ties
a petty formal point arising from a strict interpretation of rules, etc: the case was dismissed on a technicality
the state or quality of being technical
technical methods and vocabulary
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Word Origin and History for technicality

1814, from technical + -ity. Related: Technicalities.

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