in·​stru·​men·​tal·​ism | \ˌin(t)-strə-ˈmen-tᵊl-ˌi-zəm \

Definition of instrumentalism 

: a doctrine that ideas are instruments of action and that their usefulness determines their truth

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The Whitney sessions also showcased yet another side of Rado – his multi-instrumentalism. Steven Edelstone, Billboard, "How Foxygen's Jonathan Rado Became One of Indie Rock's Most In-Demand Producers," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of instrumentalism

1904, in the meaning defined above

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