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

Examples of technically in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Long teased, for instance, has been an acrobatic Spider-Man, which is technically a robot that will perform stunts 60 to 65 feet in the air above the building housing the attraction. Los Angeles Times, "Disney unveils June opening date for Marvel-themed Avengers Campus," 8 Apr. 2021 Movies that prided themselves on their trick endings, on their catchphrases, on technically complicated action scenes or high-concept sight gags or cool-bro nonchalance, all became so much dust. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Undying Glory of The Ten Commandments," 3 Apr. 2021 The country’s death rate, though similar to northern Italian regions, is technically the highest of any nation in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University. Washington Post, "San Marino, the micronation within Italy, stokes envy with speedy Russian-supplied vaccine campaign," 2 Apr. 2021 But because going public via a SPAC is technically a merger, companies are free to make financial prognostications. New York Times, "How to Fix SPACs: Keep Their Backers Locked In Longer," 31 Mar. 2021 The position is technically non-partisan and doesn’t require candidates to affiliate with a party. Rory Linnane, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Superintendent race hits home stretch with Kerr, Underly offering different approaches to choice schools, diversifying workforce," 31 Mar. 2021 The Kentucky Education Association is technically not a union. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "KY 120 United, the grassroots group behind 'sickouts,' is unionizing. Here's what to know," 30 Mar. 2021 Though the island is technically part of Manhattan, the offbeat locale also hopes to lure guests for meetings, weddings, and events with its unique city perspective. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, "Graduate Hotels Is Finally Coming to NYC — and It's Bringing Eclectic Cool Vibes to Roosevelt Island," 29 Mar. 2021 All Minnesotans 16 and older will technically be eligible Tuesday to receive vaccine, but quantities remain limited and many medical providers are continuing to reserve doses for those at greatest risk of viral exposure or severe COVID-19 illness. Jeremy Olson, Star Tribune, "COVID-19 vaccine 90% effective in real-world study in Duluth, seven other sites," 29 Mar. 2021

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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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10 Apr 2021

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“Technically.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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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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