- pertaining to mode, as distinguished from key.
- based on a scale other than major or minor.
Origin of modal
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It does so; but it governs the accusative case not objectively but modally.The English Language
Robert Gordon Latham
- 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.