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instrumentality

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noun in·stru·men·tal·i·ty \ˌin(t)-strə-mən-ˈta-lə-tē, -ˌmen-\

Definition of instrumentality

plural instrumentalities

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being instrumental

  2. 2 :  means, agency




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instrumentality

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noun in·stru·men·tal·i·ty \ˌin-strə-mən-ˈta-lə-tē, -ˌmen-\

Legal Definition of instrumentality

plural instrumentalities

  1. 1 :  something through which an end is achieved or occurs <damages incurred in a single incident through an instrumentality owned by the employer>

  2. 2 :  something that serves as an intermediary or agent through which one or more functions of a larger controlling entity are carried out :  a part or branch esp. of a governing body — compare alter ego




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