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[moh-dal-i-tee] /moʊˈdæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural modalities.
the quality or state of being modal.
an attribute or circumstance that denotes mode or manner.
Also called mode. Logic. the classification of propositions according to whether they are contingently true or false, possible, impossible, or necessary.
Medicine/Medical. the application of a therapeutic agent, usually a physical therapeutic agent.
one of the primary forms of sensation, as vision or touch.
Origin of modality
1610-20; < Medieval Latin modālitās. See modal, -ity
Related forms
multimodality, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for modalities
  • Consumers have a right to know the merits of these modalities from grown-up, nonbiased researchers.
  • Teachers should also be up to date on different modalities and incorporate it if it's useful.
  • In other terms, money leaves government and returns as tax in its various modalities.
  • The other line of research is to try to see what sensory modalities are involved.
  • Research into these modalities has received minimal financing compared with drug trials.
  • But first let's explore the modalities of morality and money.
  • Natural medicines and systems of healing all have their place alongside of orthodox western conventional modalities and medicine.
  • We are fundamentally bound to each other by touch in many different modalities.
  • Some instructors and administrators confuse utilization of various electronic modalities with effective instruction.
  • These modalities have helped my physical and emotional health more than anything else.
British Dictionary definitions for modalities


noun (pl) -ties
the condition of being modal
a quality, attribute, or circumstance that denotes mode, mood, or manner
(logic) the property of a statement of being classified under one of the concepts studied by modal logic, esp necessity or possibility
any physical or electrical therapeutic method or agency
any of the five senses
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Word Origin and History for modalities



1610s, from Old French modalité or directly from Medieval Latin modalitatem (nominative modalitas) "a being modal," from modalis (see modal). Related: Modalities.

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modalities in Medicine

modality mo·dal·i·ty (mō-dāl'ĭ-tē)

  1. A therapeutic method or agent, such as surgery, chemotherapy, or electrotherapy, that involves the physical treatment of a disorder.

  2. Any of the various types of sensation, such as vision or hearing.

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