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tonality

[toh-nal-i-tee] /toʊˈnæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural tonalities.
1.
Music.
  1. the sum of relations, melodic and harmonic, existing between the tones of a scale or musical system.
  2. a particular scale or system of tones; a key.
2.
(in painting, graphics, etc.) the system of tones or tints, or the color scheme, of a picture.
3.
the quality of tones.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; tonal + -ity
Related forms
tonalitive, adjective
nontonality, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for tonalitive

tonality

/təʊˈnælɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
(music)
  1. the actual or implied presence of a musical key in a composition
  2. the system of major and minor keys prevalent in Western music since the decline of modes Compare atonality
2.
the overall scheme of colours and tones in a painting
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Word Origin and History for tonalitive

tonality

n.

1824; see tonal + -ity.

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