[tek-ni-kuh l]


Origin of technical

First recorded in 1610–20; technic + -al1
Related formstech·ni·cal·ly, adverbtech·ni·cal·ness, nounhy·per·tech·ni·cal, adjectivehy·per·tech·ni·cal·ly, adverbhy·per·tech·ni·cal·ness, nounnon·tech·ni·cal, adjectivenon·tech·ni·cal·ly, adverbnon·tech·ni·cal·ness, nouno·ver·tech·ni·cal, adjectiveo·ver·tech·ni·cal·ly, adverbpre·tech·ni·cal, adjectivepre·tech·ni·cal·ly, adverbqua·si-tech·ni·cal, adjectivequa·si-tech·ni·cal·ly, adverbun·tech·ni·cal, adjectiveun·tech·ni·cal·ly, adverb
Can be confusedtechnical technological Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for nontechnical

Contemporary Examples of nontechnical

Historical Examples of nontechnical

  • It is a reasonable question and it deserves a nontechnical answer.

    East-West Trade Trends

    Harold E. Stassen

  • Of this progress we were aware only as nontechnical and distant observers.

  • This substance may be described, in nontechnical language, as a concentrated form of oxygen.


    Charles Fitzhugh Talman

  • This was as close to a classic description of coronary clotting as I figured I would get in nontechnical terms.

    The Right Time

    Walter Bupp

British Dictionary definitions for nontechnical



not relating to, characteristic of, or skilled in a particular field of activity and its terminology



of, relating to, or specializing in industrial, practical, or mechanical arts and applied sciencesa technical institute
skilled in practical and mechanical arts rather than theoretical or abstract thinking
relating to or characteristic of a particular field of activitythe technical jargon of linguistics
existing by virtue of a strict application of the rules or a strict interpretation of the wordinga technical loophole in the law; a technical victory
of, derived from, or showing techniquetechnical brilliance
(of a financial market) having prices determined by internal speculative or manipulative factors rather than by general or economic conditionsa technical rally
Derived Formstechnically, adverbtechnicalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for nontechnical



1610s, "skilled in a particular art or subject," formed in English from Greek tekhnikos "of art," from tekhne "art, skill, craft" (see techno-). The sense narrowed to "having to do with the mechanical arts" (1727). Basketball technical foul (one which does not involve contact between opponents) is recorded from 1934. Boxing technical knock-out (one in which the loser is not knocked out) is recorded from 1921; abbreviation TKO is from 1940s.

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