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instrumental

[in-struh-men-tl]
adjective
1.
serving or acting as an instrument or means; useful; helpful.
2.
performed on or written for a musical instrument or instruments: instrumental music.
3.
of or pertaining to an instrument or tool.
4.
Grammar.
a.
(in certain inflected languages, as Old English and Russian) noting or pertaining to a case having as its distinctive function the indication of means or agency, as Old English beseah blīthe andweitan “looked with a happy countenance.”
b.
noting the affix or other element characteristic of this case, or a word containing such an element.
c.
similar to such a case form in function or meaning, as the Latin instrumental ablative, gladiō, “by means of a sword.”
d.
(in case grammar) pertaining to the semantic role of a noun phrase that indicates the inanimate, nonvolitional, immediate cause of the action expressed by a verb, as the rock in The rock broke the window or in I broke the window with the rock.
noun
5.
Grammar.
a.
the instrumental case.
b.
a word in the instrumental case.
c.
a construction of similar meaning.
6.
a musical composition played by an instrument or a group of instruments. Compare vocal ( def 8 ).

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin instrūmentālis. See instrument, -al1

instrumentally, adverb
noninstrumental, adjective
noninstrumentally, adverb
uninstrumental, adjective
uninstrumentally, adverb


1. implemental, effectual, effective.
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instrumental (ˌɪnstrəˈmɛntəl)
 
adj
1.  serving as a means or influence; helpful
2.  of, relating to, or characterized by an instrument or instruments
3.  played by or composed for musical instruments
4.  grammar denoting a case of nouns, etc, in certain inflected languages, indicating the instrument used in performing an action, usually translated into English using the prepositions with or by means of
 
n
5.  a piece of music composed for instruments rather than for voices
6.  grammar
 a.  the instrumental case
 b.  a word or speech element in the instrumental case
 
instrumen'tality
 
n
 
instru'mentally
 
adv

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