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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Recent Examples on the Web Wong’s water supply technically belongs to Tucson and other municipal providers, which have more protected senior rights than agricultural users. Erin Patrick O'connor, Washington Post, 14 May 2022 Longtime UnitedHealth executive Dave Wichmann technically earned the most last year, with $142 million, nearly all of which came from exercising his stock options. Bob Herman, STAT, 14 May 2022 Steel does not mention the subsequent charges filed against the rapper on Wednesday, which are technically separate from those listed in the indictment. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, 13 May 2022 The legislation, House Bill 461, didn’t technically pass. Jake Zuckerman, The Enquirer, 13 May 2022 That means during those years when taxpayers were granted extensions, the IRS had to issue interest payments on refunds covering periods ahead of when the returns were technically due. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 13 May 2022 And her singing, while warm and affecting, is not technically astounding. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 May 2022 Off the 1978 record Some Girls, the band was barreling towards the 1980s, when popular music took a dramatic turn in songwriting, both technically and philosophically. Derek Scancarelli,, 12 May 2022 Street vending is technically legal in California, but the permitting is equally Kafkaesque. Fidel Martinez, Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2022 See More

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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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16 May 2022

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“Technically.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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