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Definition of technically

1 : with regard to or in accordance with a strict or literal interpretation of something (such as a rule, a term, or an official description or designation) What they're doing is technically illegal. Technically, a tomato is a fruit. Terry-Thomas's character gives a splendid display of gamesmanship in a tennis match that he wins unfairly without technically cheating.— Tim Stanley The business happens to be in Woodside, N.Y., in the borough of Queens, which technically isn't part of Long Island …— Paul R. Martin While she wasn't technically beautiful, she was striking.— Sue Grafton
2 : with regard to technology a more technically advanced vehicle a technically feasible solution Looking through the telescope via computer from, say, your office is now technically possible …— Aubrey Wallace
3 : with regard to technique (as in a performance or movement) a technically flawless gymnastic routine musicians learning to play a technically difficult passage … he is a resourceful, technically polished actor …— Michael Goodwin Hagen's awareness that his own method of hitting the ball could be improved had earlier helped him make his swing more technically sound …— Herbert Warren Wind

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Recent Examples on the Web And yes, while this game doesn't technically count for anything, that doesn't mean there weren't losers (and some winners, too). Evan Hilbert, USA TODAY, "Former NBA superstar Dwyane Wade's greatest feat could literally save lives," 18 Feb. 2020 Lenovo devices perform on-peripheral device firmware signature validation where technically possible. Andy Greenberg, Wired, "Hundreds of Millions of PC Components Still Have Hackable Firmware," 18 Feb. 2020 Back at the dealership, other officers discovered a premeditated, technically sophisticated break-in signifying high-level criminal masterminds. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "Boston Kids Steal Two Lamborghinis from Dealership," 18 Feb. 2020 However, the project isn't technically a water utility project — unlike the two most recent East Main Street projects in 2018 and 2019. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "For the seventh consecutive year, Waukesha begins a monthslong road construction project downtown," 17 Feb. 2020 Matt Kenseth won the 2012 Daytona 500, which was run on Monday night after a weather delay and technically ended Tuesday when the checkered flag waved after midnight. Josh Bean |, al, "Daytona 500: What’s start time, TV station for Monday’s postponed NASCAR race?," 17 Feb. 2020 This kind of information sharing was part of a Trump administration strategy that is technically legal but which professional therapy associations say is a profound violation of patient confidentiality. Anchorage Daily News, "Immigrant children are promised confidentiality in mandatory therapy. Then their words are used against them by ICE.," 16 Feb. 2020 The film's official title has not technically changed. Frank Pallotta, CNN, "Warner Bros. tweaks the name of its box office flop, 'Birds of Prey'," 11 Feb. 2020 But technically speaking, those moments are taking away precious time and energy from Wickens’ ultimate goal of getting back into a race car. Nathan Brown, Indianapolis Star, "Robert Wickens preparing for more extensive role with Arrow McLaren SP for 2020 IndyCar season," 7 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of technically

1675, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for technically

technical entry 1 + -ly entry 2

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“Technically.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of technically

: according to a very strict explanation of a rule, fact, etc.
: according to or among experts
: in a way that relates to the use of special techniques or skills

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