tech·​ni·​cal·​ly | \ ˈtek-ni-k(ə-)lē How to pronounce technically (audio) \

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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That same scene made today would be some epic battle with tons of explosions—technically impressive, yes— but one that would ultimately ring emotionally hollow. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "This Reimagined Star Wars Fight Scene Is Amazing—but Mostly Makes Me Sad," 8 May 2019 Though the style technically encompasses English Colonial, French Colonial, Spanish Colonial, Dutch Colonial, and Georgian styles, American Colonial is most similar to English Colonial, due to the prolonged length of British rule in America. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Here’s Why Colonial-Style Homes Reign Supreme," 2 May 2019 One of the meetings was held in Norway, another in Germany and a third is reportedly said to have happened at the United Nations headquarters, which is not technically on American soil. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "Rubio asks DOJ to determine if Kerry violated federals laws meeting with Iranian officials," 18 Sep. 2018 It's long been Sonos's mission to create high-tech sound systems that are well-designed aesthetically as well as technically, so presenting speakers as decorative and functional items makes sense for the company. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "IKEA's New Lamp and Bookshelf Double as Speakers," 8 Apr. 2019 Okay, while not technically a dying kit, this decorator seriously impressed Amazon customers. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "6 Best Easter Egg Dyeing Kits That Deliver Insta-Worthy Results," 27 Mar. 2019 Spring may still be technically on its way, but Taylor Swift is ahead of the curve. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Taylor Swift’s Surprising Pedicure Shade Is Proof the ’90s Are Back," 15 Mar. 2019 The limits of human innovation were cruelly displayed with the destruction of such a technically remarkable ship. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Wild Conspiracy That the Titanic Never Sank," 27 Feb. 2019 Now, given all that, could The Favourite technically be considered a rom-com? Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "What Is The Favourite Movie About? It's a Rom-Com of a Sort," 23 Feb. 2019

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1675 , in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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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