UK [ˌteknɪˈkælətɪ] / US noun [countable]
Word forms "technicality":
singular technicality plural technicalities
1) a detail about a particular subject that is understood only by an expert
2) a minor detail of the law that can lead to an unfair result
on a technicality (= because of it):

He was acquitted on a technicality.

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