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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 modality
  • Eye-tracking is yet another modality to test determined behaviors.
  • The post-information perception is in the modality of endless debating and terminal speculation.
  • But easing the modality of transmission does not obviate the legal and social strictures against making the private public.
  • Traditional academe must respond to this new instructional modality by something other than complete rejection.
  • Post-bop modality formed a roaring undercurrent throughout the set.
  • Don't do it unless you have another helping or healing modality.
  • It was kind of fun being at a conference where that was the primary modality recently.
  • As noted in the article, this same fraud could easily be perpetrated in any large first year course regardless of modality.
  • But the specific modality and approach for therapy will depend on the severity and location of your problem.
  • But now they're at the point where they're thinking this could be a serious treatment modality.
British Dictionary definitions for modality


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 modality

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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modality 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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