Modality is the type of behavior, expression or way of life that belongs to a particular person or group of people.
An example of modality is the type of behavior a doctor uses to treat a very ill patient.
- the fact, state, or quality of being modal
- a special attribute, emphasis, etc. that marks certain individuals, things, groups, etc.
- Logic the qualification in a proposition that indicates that what is affirmed or denied is possible, impossible, necessary, contingent, etc.
- the employment of, or the method of employment of, a therapeutic agent
- a specific sensory channel, as vision or hearing
Origin of modalityMedieval Latin modalitas
- The fact, state, or quality of being modal.
- A tendency to conform to a general pattern or belong to a particular group or category.
- Logic The classification of propositions on the basis of whether they assert or deny the possibility, impossibility, contingency, or necessity of their content. Also called mode .
- modalities The ceremonial forms, protocols, or conditions that surround formal agreements or negotiations: “[He] grew so enthusiastic about our prospects that he began to speculate on the modalities of signing” ( Henry A. Kissinger )
- Medicine A therapeutic method or agent, such as surgery, chemotherapy, or electrotherapy, that involves the physical treatment of a disorder.
- Physiology Any of the various types of sensation, such as vision or hearing.
- the state of being modal
- (logic) the classification of propositions on the basis on whether they claim possibility, impossibility, contingency or necessity; mode
- (linguistics) the inflection of a verb that shows how its action is conceived by the speaker; mood
- (medicine) A method of diagnosis or therapy.
- Any of the senses (such as sight or taste)
- (semiotics) a particular way in which the information is to be encoded for presentation to humans, i.e. to the type of sign and to the status of reality ascribed to or claimed by a sign, text or genre
- (theology) the organization and structure of the church, as distinct from sodality or parachurch organizations
- (music) the subject concerning certain diatonic scales known as musical modes
- (sociology) a concept in Anthony Giddens structuration theory