A modal proposition is one in which the predicate is affirmed or denied, not simply but cum modo, with a qualification.
The modal period for completed clutches is the first third of June.
modal, impersonal, existential judgments are all accounted for.
As to modality, propositions are divided into Pure and modal.
modal verbs may be divided into a multiplicity of divisions.
The modal age of Negro male domestic workers like that of white male domestic workers was from 25 to 44 years.
modal Consequence has also been named among the forms of Immediate Inference.
Again, modal propositions cannot be reduced to the common form by joining the modality to the predicate, and turning, e.g.
Others are modal in character, such as 'What shall we do with the drunken sailor?'
The government of all intransitive verbs can only be modal,—I walk with the stick.
1560s, term in logic, from Middle French modal and directly from Medieval Latin modalis "of or pertaining to a mode," from Latin modus "measure, manner, mode" (see mode (n.1)). Musical sense is from 1590s.
1. (Of an interface) Having modes. Modeless interfaces are generally considered to be superior because the user does not have to remember which mode he is in.
2. See modal logic.
3. In MS Windows programming, A window with the label "WS_MODAL" will stay on the screen and claim all the user-input. Other windows can only be accessed if the MODAL window is closed. Such a window would typically be used for an error dialog box to warn the user for something important, like "Critical error, shut down the system and restart".