[ mohd-l ]
/ ˈmoʊd l /
of or relating to mode, manner, or form.
- pertaining to mode, as distinguished from key.
- based on a scale other than major or minor.
Also single modal. Transportation. pertaining to or suitable for transportation involving only one form of a carrier, as truck, rail, or ship.Compare bimodal(def 3), intermodal.
Grammar. noting or pertaining to mood.
Philosophy. pertaining to a mode of a thing, as distinguished from one of its basic attributes or from its substance or matter.
Logic. exhibiting or expressing some phase of modality.
Related formsmod·al·ly, adverbnon·mod·al, adjectivenon·mod·al·ly, adverb
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It does so; but it governs the accusative case not objectively but modally.The English Language|Robert Gordon Latham
British Dictionary definitions for modally
/ (ˈməʊdəl) /
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
- 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
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 Formsmodally, adverb
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