technically

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

technical +‎ -ly

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈtɛknɪkəli/, /ˈtɛknɪkli/
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Adverb[edit]

technically (comparative more technically, superlative most technically)

  1. Based on precise facts, which however may be contrary to common misbelief or to a traditional name.
    Technically he was Canadian, but everyone assumed he was American.
    Technically Guinea pig is not a pig, nor is it from Guinea.
  2. Based on formal (de jure) arguments, which however may be misleading.
    Due to an omission in the peace treaty of the Russo-Japanese War, Montenegro was technically at war with Japan for 102 years.
    Stalin was not technically the Head of State.
  3. Having or using the skills or talent required for a certain job or profession.
    Although she is technically gifted, her piano playing lacks passion.
    • 1863, Sheridan Le Fanu, The House by the Churchyard:
      The ladies were not much the wiser, though, I confess, they were not far removed from the door. The great men inside talked indistinctly and technically, and once Doctor Dillon was so unfeeling as to crack a joke []
  4. According to the current state of technology.
    For now, it is technically impossible to have a manned flight to Mercury.

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