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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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 Though this variety is technically the 10 year anniversary flower, gifting your special someone this lucky flower on Valentine's Day will bring 12 months of good luck and happiness, according to Teleflora. Carly Orleach, Woman's Day, "How to Make Fresh Flowers Last Longer," 15 Feb. 2019 North Korea is a country that America has technically been at war with for nearly 70 years and has threatened to nuke America and its Asian allies. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Trump adviser suggests president insulted Canada to impress Kim Jong Un.," 11 June 2018 Space technically does not begin until the Karman line at 330,000 feet, so this is definitely no spaceship, no matter what the designation says. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "A U-2 Spy Plane is Flying Over Northern California Pretending to Be the Starship Enterprise," 30 Jan. 2019 Again, nothing fancy here: Sony just put its head down and made a product that is technically proficient and presents immediately obvious benefits to consumers. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Our favorite (and least favorite) tech of 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 In fact, a statement that gives rise to an actionable false light claim might be literally or technically true. Michael Mccann,, "Should the NCAA Be Worried About the Lawsuit It's Facing From Former Louisville Players?," 12 July 2018 The result was the Gibson Les Paul, a technically advanced and elegantly appointed instrument that became, in Mr. Port’s metaphor, the Cadillac to Leo Fender’s Volkswagen. David Kirby, WSJ, "‘The Birth of Loud’ Review: Constructive Feedback," 17 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of technically

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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