- the quality or state of being modal.
- an attribute or circumstance that denotes mode or manner.
- Also called mode. Logic. the classification of propositions according to whether they are contingently true or false, possible, impossible, or necessary.
- Medicine/Medical. the application of a therapeutic agent, usually a physical therapeutic agent.
- one of the primary forms of sensation, as vision or touch.
Origin of modality
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Examples from the Web for modalities
These would be relatively specific, possibly including a general timeline and modalities for future negotiation.Is Bibi Striking a Different Tone On Peace?
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To sum up, the modalities of matter are supplied by the feminine germ.Reincarnation
It is clear, he says, that the modalities of the action of the blind are explained by spatial representations.Essays Towards a Theory of Knowledge
The personal consciousness is only one of the modalities of the general consciousness.Metapsychical Phenomena
But this division into three modalities or into three states is far from giving the number of the manifestations of being.Delsarte System of Oratory
In view of the many differences obtaining between them, how otherwise could modalities form a category?Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 3
- the condition of being modal
- a quality, attribute, or circumstance that denotes mode, mood, or manner
- logic the property of a statement of being classified under one of the concepts studied by modal logic, esp necessity or possibility
- any physical or electrical therapeutic method or agency
- any of the five senses
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Word Origin and History for modalities
1610s, from Old French modalité or directly from Medieval Latin modalitatem (nominative modalitas) "a being modal," from modalis (see modal). Related: Modalities.
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- A therapeutic method or agent, such as surgery, chemotherapy, or electrotherapy, that involves the physical treatment of a disorder.
- Any of the various types of sensation, such as vision or hearing.
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