instrumentality

noun in·stru·men·tal·i·ty \ ˌin(t)-strə-mən-ˈta-lə-tē , -ˌmen- \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of instrumentality

plural instrumentalities
1 : the quality or state of being instrumental
2 : means, agency

Examples of instrumentality in a Sentence

  1. computer literacy is only an instrumentality for acquiring an education, and not an end in itself

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First Known Use of instrumentality

1646


Law Dictionary

instrumentality

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

legal Definition of instrumentality

plural instrumentalities
1 : something through which an end is achieved or occurs
  • damages incurred in a single incident through an instrumentality owned by the employer
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 especially of a governing body — compare alter ego


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