[ moh-dal-i-tee ]
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noun,plural mo·dal·i·ties.
  1. the quality or state of being modal.

  2. an attribute or circumstance that denotes mode or manner.

  1. Also called mode. Logic. the classification of propositions according to whether they are contingently true or false, possible, impossible, or necessary.

  2. Medicine/Medical. the application of a therapeutic agent, usually a physical therapeutic agent.

  3. one of the primary forms of sensation, as vision or touch.

Origin of modality

From the Medieval Latin word modālitās, dating back to 1610–20. See modal, -ity

Other words from modality

  • mul·ti·mo·dal·i·ty, noun

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How to use modality in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for modality


/ (məʊˈdælɪtɪ) /

nounplural -ties
  1. the condition of being modal

  2. a quality, attribute, or circumstance that denotes mode, mood, or manner

  1. logic the property of a statement of being classified under one of the concepts studied by modal logic, esp necessity or possibility

  2. any physical or electrical therapeutic method or agency

  3. any of the five senses

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