Definition of technicality in English:



  • 1A point of law or a small detail of a set of rules, as contrasted with the intent or purpose of the rules.

    ‘their convictions were overturned on a technicality’
    • ‘Who knows, maybe something good will come of this, or maybe, as often happens, the whole process will get stuck in some kind of regulation technicality or other.’
    • ‘Often, forensic testimony is dismissed on a technicality, like an assumption the investigator made or the way he described something to the jury.’
    • ‘Charges of making false medical aid claims against him were dropped on a technicality and he instantly claimed he was innocent.’
    • ‘This conviction was later overturned on a technicality.’
    • ‘A charge was brought against the officer who was found not guilty on a technicality.’
    • ‘In any event, no serious artiste should want to enter any level of competition purely on the basis of a loophole or technicality.’
    • ‘The Court must rule on a technicality about the institution's legal status, not that the director was a serial abuser.’
    • ‘But this is all a matter of procedure and technicality, not the moral heart of the matter.’
    • ‘The case was then sent back for a retrial on a technicality.’
    • ‘The life of a prosecutor is not an easy one especially when offenders are acquitted on a technicality.’
    • ‘And in a third major terrorism case, the Justices ruled on a technicality, sidestepping the merits of that case.’
    • ‘So it's a formal legal rule that has saved them, rather than a technicality.’
    • ‘Having decided the decision between borrowers and lenders on the legal interpretation of a single word, he then hides behind another technicality.’
    • ‘He was acquitted on a technicality last month, but has been asked by the government to provide a full explanation for his conduct.’
    • ‘The only people it really helps are those accused of crime in the courts, to allow them sometimes to get off on a technicality.’
    • ‘They won on a technicality and now I am supposed to pay a lot of money which I won't pay.’
    • ‘The Tennessee Supreme Court eventually reversed that conviction on a technicality, and the law was finally repealed in 1967.’
    • ‘But the conviction was overturned on a technicality.’
    • ‘New guidelines to independent appeals panels call for them to take into account the impact on the whole school of bringing back excluded pupils, and not to reinstate pupils on a technicality.’
    • ‘The civil case was dismissed on a technicality but was later revived.’
    unimportant point, insignificant item, trivial fact, nicety, subtlety
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    1. 1.1technicalities The specific details or terms belonging to a particular field.
      ‘he has great expertise in the technicalities of the game’
      • ‘Some saw the ad as providing explanation and making them think, but for others there were too many technicalities to come to terms with.’
      • ‘Previously the field was very messy, in terms of the technicalities.’
      • ‘You know Lou, I really don't know the technicalities of the issue in terms of that.’
      • ‘Rob, though, feels a professional and moral obligation to put technicalities in plain terms.’
      details, niceties, subtleties, finer points, particulars, specifics
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    2. 1.2mass noun The state of being technical; the use of technical terms or methods.
      ‘the extreme technicality of the proposed constitution’
      • ‘The band's strong technicality is vividly evident throughout.’
      • ‘The nature of average war cinema is one that trivializes the human consequences of war for a focus on pure excitement, strategy and technicality.’
      • ‘He skilfully manages to convey the meat of the science without undue technicality, but also without any dumbing down.’
      • ‘Traditional ballet as a whole is being laid to rest in the ethereal stage technicality of rolling smoke and the dancers playing dead.’
      • ‘Some level of technicality in the treatment seems unavoidable.’