[ US /ˌtɛknɪˈkæɫɪti/ ]
[ UK /tˈɛknɪkˈælɪti/ ]
  1. the state of being technical as in the use of technical terms or methods
    It is a tribute to the tribunals that the technicality at the heart of the appellate process in these tribunals can and does coexist with the relative informality in atmosphere and with procedural flexibility.
    the judicial system suffered from too much technicality and formality
  2. a specific detail in a set of rules or terms belonging to a particular field
    the defendant was acquitted on a legal technicality
    the resolution died on a technicality
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How To Use technicality In A Sentence

  • Last year, two North Yorkshire Police officers escaped speeding charges in neighbouring Cleveland because of a technicality.
  • But acquisition of a land title was often a dispensable technicality for those too poor to purchase one, or who were not inclined to do so because of the vastness of the land.
  • The fact that it is technically in breach of the car hire agreement is, surely, a civil matter and thus just a technicality?
  • While not rejecting the term entirely, I can sympathise with a weariness about the frequency with which the words ‘loophole’ and ‘technicality’ are used to dismiss important rules of law. Lean Left » Blog Archive » Aboat That Math Question
  • The case was then sent back for a retrial on a technicality.
  • The only people it really helps are those accused of crime in the courts, to allow them sometimes to get off on a technicality.
  • The rule developed during a period of extreme formality and technicality in the preferring of indictments and laying of informations.
  • His lawyer tried yesterday to have the case dismissed on a legal technicality. The Sun
  • "The disqualification was overturned on a technicality when the infringement was obvious.
  • He uses the money to enter Lisa in a beauty pageant sponsored by a tobacco company, where, through a technicality, she wins.
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