adjective mod·al \ˈmō-dəl\

Definition of modal

  1. 1 :  of or relating to modality (see modality 2) in logic

  2. 2 :  containing provisions as to the mode of procedure or the manner of taking effect —used of a contract or legacy

  3. 3 :  of or relating to a musical mode (see 1mode 1)

  4. 4 :  of or relating to structure as opposed to substance

  5. 5 :  of, relating to, or constituting a grammatical form or category characteristically indicating predication (see predication 2) of an action or state in some manner other than as a simple fact a modal verb

  6. 6 :  of or relating to a statistical mode (see 1mode 7)


play \-dəl-ē\ adverb

Origin and Etymology of modal

Medieval Latin modalis, from Latin modus

First Known Use: 1569

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to criticize severely

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