- pertaining to mode, as distinguished from key.
- based on a scale other than major or minor.
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Again, modal propositions cannot be reduced to the common form by joining the modality to the predicate, and turning, e.g.Analysis of Mr. Mill's System of Logic
I note below such instances of modal tunes as occur in this collection.Jamaican Song and Story
"More than modal theta," said the technician, writing something in code on his employment blank.The Dictator
It cannot be too strongly insisted that the expression of modal music is a permanent artistic fact.
In like manner tense particles cannot be separated from adverbial and modal particles.On the Evolution of Language
John Wesley Powell
- 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.