modal

[ mohd-l ]
/ ˈmoʊd l /

adjective

noun

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Origin of modal

From the Medieval Latin word modālis, dating back to 1560–70. See mode1, -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM modal

mod·al·ly, adverbnon·mod·al, adjectivenon·mod·al·ly, adverb
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Example sentences from the Web for modally

  • It does so; but it governs the accusative case not objectively but modally.

    The English Language|Robert Gordon Latham

British Dictionary definitions for modally

modal
/ (ˈməʊdəl) /

adjective

of, relating to, or characteristic of mode or manner
grammar (of a verb form or auxiliary verb) expressing a distinction of mood, such as that between possibility and actuality. The modal auxiliaries in English include can, could, may, must, need, ought, shall, should, will, and would
philosophy logic
  1. qualifying or expressing a qualification of the truth of some statement, for example, as necessary or contingent
  2. relating to analogous qualifications such as that of rules as obligatory or permissive
metaphysics of or relating to the form of a thing as opposed to its attributes, substance, etc
music of or relating to a mode
of or relating to a statistical mode

Derived forms of modal

modally, adverb
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