Technical. Of or belonging to a
τέχνη or art. Technical words and
technical phrases, therefore, are such as are employed in any art by
those who pursue it. Such are therefore called terms of art.
But as the language of the schools has given
the title of arts to the studies which
form the basis of a liberal education (hence the degrees of Bachelor and
Master of Arts), and as the distinction between science and art is not
uniformly observed, a particular science very generally having an art
for its handmaid, nay, the science and the art being often the same
thing viewed in different relations, the epithet technical has come to
characterize the especial words and phrases which are used by the
votaries of any particular pursuit.
To use technical language in ordinary discourse, and when there is no
occasion for it, is justly stigmatized as pedantry. But in following the
pursuits to which they belong, terms of art furnish two benefits which
amply justify their adoption: they are aids to memory, and they are
preservatives from ambiguity.