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Definition modality

Etymology

From French modalité

Noun

modality (countable and uncountable, plural modalities)

  1. The fact of being modal.
  2. (logic) The classification of propositions on the basis on whether they claim possibility, impossibility, contingency or necessity; mode.
  3. (linguistics) The inflection of a verb that shows how its action is conceived by the speaker; mood
  4. (medicine) A method of diagnosis or therapy.
  5. Any of the senses (such as sight or taste)
  6. (semiotics) A particular way in which the information is to be encoded for presentation to humans, i.e. to the type of sign and to the status of reality ascribed to or claimed by a sign, text or genre.
  7. (theology) The organization and structure of the church, as distinct from sodality or parachurch organizations.
  8. (music) The subject concerning certain diatonic scales known as musical modes.
  9. (sociology) The way in which infrastructure and knowledge of how to use it give rise to a meaningful pattern of interaction (A concept in Anthony Giddens' structuration theory).
  10. (law) The quality of being limited by a condition.

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