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.
Recent Examples on the Web This revealed a technicality that many viewers and even contestants might not be aware has been associated with the popular game show for a few years now. Andy Meek, BGR, "The internet is in an uproar over this dumb ‘Wheel of Fortune’ rule," 1 Apr. 2021 Judge William Crawford II on Thursday fired back, saying this technicality was not grounds for dismissal and prosecutors are granted flexibility when determining where to file a case. Ashlee Banks, Essence, "Judge Denies Former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s Request to Have Flint Water Crisis Charges Dropped," 19 Mar. 2021 Only a technicality caused by the pandemic season schedule meant that Messi’s window to break his contract was already closed. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "A Frustrated Genius, a Fading Power, and the Battle for Barcelona’s Leadership," 6 Mar. 2021 On March 19, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that a legal technicality prevented it from weighing in on that claim in a case that predated the February disaster. Imelda García, Dallas News, "Family of beloved Deep Ellum figure who died during winter storms sues ERCOT, Oncor," 27 Mar. 2021 In the story, Brown was later disqualified on a technicality, having dismounted before reaching the enclosure. Steve Douglas, ajc, "Fantasy no more: Blackmore 1st woman to win Grand National," 10 Apr. 2021 Fans of the long-running game show are up in arms over a technicality that came into play on Wednesday's episode. Tyler Aquilina,, "Wheel of Fortune fans slam show rule after contestant loses due to technicality," 1 Apr. 2021 Court records show a judge found that the Sheriff’s Department had missed a deadline for imposing Cecere’s punishment and threw out the suspension on a technicality. Alene Tchekmedyian, Los Angeles Times, "What secret files on police officers tell us about law enforcement misconduct," 19 Mar. 2021 This was a technicality, because the entire aim of his suit was to deny the Little Sisters and similar religious groups the exemption the federal government had given them. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Xavier Becerra’s Culture War," 10 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of technicality

1764, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for technicality

technical entry 1 + -ity

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14 May 2021

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“Technicality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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


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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