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instrument

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of instrument

  1. 1 a written or printed paper giving information about or proof of something <a valid will is a legal instrument> Synonyms certification, document, certificateRelated Words credentials; diploma, parchment; record; warrant, writ; warranty; coupon, voucher

  2. 2 an article intended for use in work <always choose the right instrument for any woodworking job> Synonyms device, implement, tool, utensilRelated Words apparatus, appliance, mechanism; contraption, contrivance, gadget, gizmo (also gismo), jigger; accessory (also accessary), accoutrement (or accouterment), adjunct, appendage, attachment

  3. 3 something used to achieve an end <he sees scouting as an instrument for building character in young people> Synonyms agency, agent, instrumentality, machinery, means, medium, ministry, organ, vehicleRelated Words determinant, expedient, factor, influence, ingredient, mechanism, tool; weapon; activator, animator, catalyst, driver, energizer, executor, generator, impetus, incentive, inspiration, instigation, instigator, launcher, mover, power, stimulus, trigger; antecedent, cause, occasion, reason; subagency, subagent

  4. 4 one that is or can be used to further the purposes of another <the claim that the scientists are mere instruments of the tobacco companies, who pay them to produce findings that are highly suspect> Synonyms cat's-paw, {h,1}pawn, lay figure, puppet, toolRelated Words chump, dupe, foil, gull, sucker, victim; minion, stooge; lap dog, yes-man




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