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Origin of technicality

First recorded in 1805–15; technical + -ity
Related formshy·per·tech·ni·cal·i·ty, nouno·ver·tech·ni·cal·i·ty, noun, plural o·ver·tech·ni·cal·i·ties. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun plural -ties
  1. a petty formal point arising from a strict interpretation of rules, etcthe case was dismissed on a technicality
  2. the state or quality of being technical
  3. technical methods and vocabulary
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Word Origin and History for technicality

1814, from technical + -ity. Related: Technicalities.

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