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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And no, technically your dog can’t have its own seat. The Seattle Times, "A dog’s life in Seattle," 15 Oct. 2018 Amal Clooney famously gave birth to her twins with George Clooney there, and Pippa, for all of her royal connections, isn't technically a noble. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About the Royal-Approved Maternity Ward, The Lindo Wing," 15 Oct. 2018 Pippa Middleton, sister of Kate (i.e. the Duchess of Cambridge) might not technically have a royal title, but she's long proven to be the queen of the summer dress. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Pippa Middleton Wore a $99 Summer Dress From Kate's Favorite Maternity Brand," 22 July 2018 President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un begin their historic summit Tuesday in Singapore, a meeting that could lead to peace between countries that have technically been at war for 68 years -- or swiftly end in new recriminations. Andy Sharp,, "Here’s What to Watch for When Trump and Kim Meet," 11 June 2018 Though there is technically no podium at the Indy 500, Ed Carpenter joined Power in the top three. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Will Power caps near-perfect May with Indy 500 victory," 27 May 2018 As one Twitter user pointed out, calling the BFS a starship is technically inaccurate unless the craft is sent on a mission to another star system. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Elon Musk renames Big Falcon Rocket to ‘Starship’," 20 Nov. 2018 According to Daily Mail, Ferguson is not among the 250 people who made the guest list, with many wondering if Charles simply doesn’t have time for someone who is not technically a member of the royal family anymore. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Meghan Markle, Prince Harry reportedly don't invite Sarah Ferguson to royal wedding event," 2 Oct. 2018 Of course, the entire restaurant is technically outdoors considering there are no walls. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Striking prefab restaurant built entirely from bamboo," 13 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of technically

1675 , in the meaning defined at sense 2

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