technicality

noun
tech·​ni·​cal·​i·​ty | \ ˌtek-nə-ˈka-lə-tē How to pronounce technicality (audio) \
plural technicalities

Definition of technicality

1 : something technical especially : a detail meaningful only to a specialist a legal technicality
2 : the quality or state of being technical

Examples of technicality in a Sentence

These cases were dropped because of legal technicalities.

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In general, courts have appeared reluctant to prosecute members of militant groups, often releasing them on technicalities or for alleged lack of evidence. Jon Gerberg, Washington Post, "Pakistan arrests top militant figure ahead of prime minister’s visit to U.S.," 17 July 2019 The transactional technicality with Jankowski likely spelled the end of Jose Pirela’s time with the Padres. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres notes: Rotation turns; Paddack’s first pitch advantage; Machado’s surge," 22 July 2019 Miss Manners is willing to accept technicalities as honoring the first (a husband throwing a party for a wife’s retirement, for example), but the violation of the second is clear. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Party guests being charged ‘entrance fees’," 21 Aug. 2019 Miss Manners is willing to accept technicalities as honoring the first (a husband throwing a party for a wife’s retirement, for example), but the violation of the second is clear. Judith Martin, The Mercury News, "Miss Manners: What is the rule about honking outside someone’s house?," 21 Aug. 2019 But the documents also reveal how UEFA appeared to sink its own investigation, and how P.S.G. used a technicality to avoid the possibility of serious punishment and preserve its cherished place in soccer’s richest competition, the Champions League. New York Times, "In P.S.G. Case, Documents Show UEFA Surrendered Without a Fight," 24 July 2019 House for an Art Lover Designed as an entry to a prestigious German architecture competition, House for an Art Lover was conceived by Mackintosh in 1901, but after being disqualified on a technicality, it was never built. Glasgow, USA TODAY, "Meet the Glasgow architect who inspired sci-fi films and American celebrities," 27 Aug. 2019 Then, in what was seen as a huge victory for gay Ugandans, it was struck down by the courts on a technicality. David Mckenzie, CNN, "Progress for gay rights in Africa still isn't inevitable," 10 Aug. 2019 For instance, a study on a particular diet might primarily be tracking weight loss and insulin resistance, and researchers would figure out the technicalities of the trial—like how many patients to include—based on those goals. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Spin in psychiatric clinical trial reports is widespread," 9 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of technicality

1764, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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technicality

noun

English Language Learners Definition of technicality

: a small detail in a rule, law, etc., and especially one that forces an unwanted or unexpected result
: something that is understood by experts but usually not by other people

technicality

noun
tech·​ni·​cal·​i·​ty | \ ˌtek-nə-ˈka-lə-tē How to pronounce technicality (audio) \
plural technicalities

Kids Definition of technicality

: something that is understood only by a person with special training a legal technicality

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