technicality

Part of speech: noun

The state of being technical.

Part of speech: noun

A technical point; petty distinction.

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Usage examples "technicality":

  1. After all their work and planning, to be thus thwarted, and by a mere technicality! - "Tom Swift and his Giant Cannon or, The Longest Shots on Record", Victor Appleton.
  2. My neighbor was ruined by a suit on account of two oaks belonging to him, which he had cut down in his wood, because he had omitted a mere form of technicality with which it was almost impossible that he should have been acquainted; his wife died, in consequence, in misery; and his son is languishing out a painful existence. - "A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 7 (of 10) From "The Works of Voltaire - A Contemporary Version"", Fran├žois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire) Commentator: John Morley Tobias Smollett H.G. Leigh.
  3. The people should believe, as I think they do believe under the Federal Constitution and under the older ones of the States, that when a law is declared no law by a high court for being counter to the higher will of the people as expressed in their permanent constitution, it is not on a technicality, but because some great liberty right is infringed by it. - "Popular Law-making", Frederic Jesup Stimson.