tech·ni·cal·ly | \ˈtek-ni-k(ə-)lē \

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 money, technically called M4, has been goldilocks-like, too. Ken Fisher, USA TODAY, "Michelle Wolf, Kanye West distract us from the good news about the economy," 6 May 2018 Unlike the i3—BMW's current production BEV—the iX3 looks pretty much the same as the company's other SUVs or crossovers (though technically BMW calls them Sports Activity Vehicles). Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "BMW has a new all-electric model coming in 2020—the iX3," 25 Apr. 2018 He technically will be called the weak side linebacker and will call the defensive signals. Kent Somers, azcentral, "Can Arizona Cardinals find complement to cornerback Patrick Peterson in this draft?," 25 Apr. 2018 The aircraft is technically a current-generation update of the venerable Dash 8. Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY, "End of an era: American ends turboprop flying with Dash 8 retirement," 9 July 2018 Of course, the Switch port isn’t as technically impressive as its counterparts on the PC, Xbox One, or PlayStation 4. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Wolfenstein II on the Switch is the best way to kill Nazis on the go," 29 June 2018 The works are technically impressive: Their surfaces teem with dazzling, camouflage-like patterns of color. Will Heinrich, New York Times, "What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week," 13 June 2018 Their videos quickly went viral, and seven years later, people are still just as hungry for the rotating musical collective's charmingly retro and technically impressive reimaginings of modern hits. Scott Bradlee, Billboard, "Scott Bradlee Shares How Postmodern Jukebox Got Him Fired From Walmart: Exclusive 'Outside the Jukebox' Book Excerpt," 7 June 2018 But since today was a family celebration, technically there was no royal-protocol foul committed. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Show Off Some PDA at Prince Louis's Christening," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of technically

1675 , in the meaning defined at sense 2

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