- pertaining to mode, as distinguished from key.
- based on a scale other than major or minor.
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Modal, impersonal, existential judgments are all accounted for.
Modal Consequence has also been named among the forms of Immediate Inference.Logic, Inductive and Deductive
Modal verbs may be divided into a multiplicity of divisions.The English Language
Robert Gordon Latham
The modal period for completed clutches is the first third of June.The Breeding Birds of Kansas
Richard F. Johnston
As to Modality, propositions are divided into Pure and Modal.Logic
- qualifying or expressing a qualification of the truth of some statement, for example, as necessary or contingent
- relating to analogous qualifications such as that of rules as obligatory or permissive
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.