Meaning of “technically” in the English Dictionary

"technically" in British English

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technicallyadverb

uk /ˈtek.nɪ.kəl.i/ us /ˈtek.nɪ.kəl.i/

C2 according to an exact understanding of rules, facts, etc.:

Technically, the country's economic problems are over, but recovery will be slow.
young people who are technically still children

C1 in a way that relates to the knowledge, machines, or methods used in science and industry:

technically advanced weapons

in a way that relates to practical skills and methods that are used in a particular activity:

It was a technically brilliant performance.

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  • The coda is often more technically difficult than the rest of the piece.
  • Tamsin Palmer gave an impressive and technically adept performance on the piano.
  • Technically, a building on this scale is very problematic.
  • Their civilization was technically very advanced.

(Definition of “technically” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"technically" in American English

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technicallyadverb

us /ˈtek·nɪ·kli/

according to rules or to the law:

Technically, lamprey are fish, though they are seen by many as snakelike monsters.

(Definition of “technically” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"technically" in Business English

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technicallyadverb

uk /ˈteknɪkəli/ us

according to an exact understanding of the rules, facts, etc.:

Independent auditors have declared that the country's central bank is now technically bankrupt.
Exit penalties - technically known as market value reductions - can mean policyholders lose up to 28% of their current fund value.
Technically speaking, your tea breaks are your employer's time rather than yours.
technically accurate/illegal/true Although technically illegal, copying of music for personal use is extremely common.

in a way that relates to the knowledge, machines, or methods used in science and industry:

Construction of the digital communications network will be technically challenging.
technically advanced/feasible/possible Provided that the correct incentives are in place, it should be technically and economically feasible to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations.

(Definition of “technically” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)