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modality (n.)

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

updated on February 07, 2019

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Definitions of modality from WordNet

modality (n.)
a classification of propositions on the basis of whether they claim necessity or possibility or impossibility;
Synonyms: mode
modality (n.)
verb inflections that express how the action or state is conceived by the speaker;
Synonyms: mood / mode
modality (n.)
a particular sense;
Synonyms: sense modality / sensory system
modality (n.)
a method of therapy that involves physical or electrical therapeutic treatment;
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