- pertaining to mode, as distinguished from key.
- based on a scale other than major or minor.
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OTHER WORDS FROM modalmod·al·ly, adverbnon·mod·al, adjectivenon·mod·al·ly, adverb
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Example sentences from the Web for modal
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|William Stebbing
I note below such instances of modal tunes as occur in this collection.Jamaican Song and Story|Walter Jekyll
"More than modal theta," said the technician, writing something in code on his employment blank.The Dictator|Milton Lesser
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
British Dictionary definitions for modal
- 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