modality

noun

mo·​dal·​i·​ty mō-ˈda-lə-tē How to pronounce modality (audio)
plural modalities
1
a
: the quality or state of being modal
b
: a modal quality or attribute : form
2
: the classification of logical propositions (see proposition sense 1) according to their asserting or denying the possibility, impossibility, contingency, or necessity of their content
3
: one of the main avenues of sensation (such as vision)
4
: a usually physical therapeutic agency

Examples of modality in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Val would have seven or eight different reactions and modalities, every one of which was great. Clayton Davis, Variety, 4 Jan. 2024 Daimler is laying the groundwork for making hydrogen a more broadly available automotive energy modality. IEEE Spectrum, 13 Jan. 2024 Of course, not all healing modalities have to have scientific evidence behind them to be effective. Sarah Garone, Health, 10 Jan. 2024 More behavioral interventions and therapeutic modalities to employ. Katie Engelhart, New York Times, 3 Jan. 2024 There are 12 zodiac signs, categorized by four elements (earth, fire, water and air) and divided into three different modalities (cardinal, fixed and mutable). Katie Mannion, Peoplemag, 12 Jan. 2024 This framework encompasses the provision of unrestricted funds, streamlined reporting modalities, and the cultivation of transparent, relational partnerships. Ashlee Marie Preston, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 World & Nation Inside the growing cult of El Salvador’s Nayib Bukele, Latin America’s political star July 25, 2023 In October 2022, pro-government legislators approved the Special Law for the Exercise of Suffrage Abroad, which included the online voting modality. Soudi Jiménez, Los Angeles Times, 27 Dec. 2023 Sound is a common sensory modality for animals underwater, according to Dr. Leila Hatch, Research Ecologist with NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, specializing in underwater sound monitoring and management. Nathan Diller, USA TODAY, 1 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1545, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of modality was in 1545

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“Modality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/modality. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

modality

noun
mo·​dal·​i·​ty mō-ˈdal-ət-ē How to pronounce modality (audio)
plural modalities
1
: one of the main avenues of sensation (as vision)
2
a
: a usually physical therapeutic agency
b
: an apparatus for applying a modality

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