mod·​al | \ ˈmō-dᵊl How to pronounce modal (audio) \

Definition of modal

1 : of or relating to modality (see modality sense 2) in logic
2 : containing provisions as to the mode of procedure or the manner of taking effect used of a contract or legacy
3 : of or relating to a musical mode (see mode entry 1 sense 1)
4 : of or relating to structure as opposed to substance
5 : of, relating to, or constituting a grammatical form or category characteristically indicating predication (see predication sense 2) of an action or state in some manner other than as a simple fact a modal verb
6 : of or relating to a statistical mode (see mode entry 1 sense 7)

Other Words from modal

modally \ ˈmō-​dᵊl-​ē How to pronounce modal (audio) \ adverb

Examples of modal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unlike other wheelchairs, the IBOT offers its user a multi-modal mobility experience, including all-terrain accessibility, an eye-to-eye view of others, and the ability to go up or down stairs. Laurel Donnellan, Forbes, 2 July 2022 But, in their research, the team discovered that the opposite was true: The multi-modal systems were likely to fail in the face of adversarial attacks than simpler A.I. systems trained on just images or text. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 21 June 2022 The study identifies two main purposes for the highway: to improve business and personal connectivity in the region, and to improve highway access to multi-modal business locations such as Indianapolis and Louisville. Kayla Dwyer, The Indianapolis Star, 16 June 2022 The team wanted to see if being multi-modal also made A.I. systems more robust, better able to withstand attacks by malicious actors who might want to sneak their misinformation past the detector. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 21 June 2022 According to Mehrtens, the historic location of the museum was one of the world's first multi-modal interchanges — a canal basin for the transfer of goods between canal, the famous Kings Cross and St. Pancras railway stations, and connecting roads. Paul J. Heney, Travel + Leisure, 15 June 2022 The second is that video is multi-modal and addresses multiple forms of intelligence. Ryan Craig, Forbes, 10 June 2022 Willis felt drawn to the modal nature of the music. Jim Higgins, Journal Sentinel, 8 June 2022 Overall, the new ordinance is intended to strengthen Cleveland’s existing Complete and Green Streets ordinance, passed in 2011, which critics say wasn’t very effective in bringing multi-modal and green elements to city street projects. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, 6 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of modal

1569, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for modal

Medieval Latin modalis, from Latin modus

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5 Aug 2022

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“Modal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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