A technicality is a trivial or very small detail. You might consider your scuffed, unpolished shoes to be an unimportant technicality when you're dressing for a job interview.

You can use the noun technicality for any small point or detail, but it's most likely to come up in the context of a court trial or a conversation with an attorney. A legal technicality is a small but ultimately important detail of the law. For example, a robbery suspect might have his trial dismissed on a legal technicality if the arresting police officer neglected to show him a search warrant before searching his house.

Definitions of technicality
  1. noun
    a detail that is considered insignificant
    synonyms: trifle, triviality
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    type of:
    detail, item, point
    an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole
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