Modal vs Modality - What's the difference?

modal | modality |


In context|music|lang=en terms the difference between modal and modality

is that modal is (music) of, relating to, or composed in the musical modi by which an octave is divided, associated with emotional moods in ancient — and in medieval ecclesiastical music while modality is (music) the subject concerning certain diatonic scales known as musical modes.

In context|linguistics|lang=en terms the difference between modal and modality

is that modal is (linguistics) a modal form, notably a modal auxiliary while modality is (linguistics) the inflection of a verb that shows how its action is conceived by the speaker; mood.

As nouns the difference between modal and modality

is that modal is (logic) a modal proposition while modality is the fact of being modal.

As a adjective modal

is of, or relating to a mode or modus.

modal

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • of, or relating to a mode or modus
  • (grammar) of, relating to, or describing the mood of a clause
  • (grammar) modal verb
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    (25)     — I be frank?
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  • (music) of, relating to, or composed in the musical modi by which an octave is divided, associated with emotional moods in Ancient — and in medieval ecclesiastical music
  • (logic) of, or relating to the modality between propositions
  • (statistics) relating to the statistical mode.
  • (computing) Having separate modes in which user input has different effects.
  • (computer science) requiring immediate user interaction (often used as modal dialog'' or ''modal window )
  • (metaphysics) Relating to the form of a thing rather to any of its attributes
  • Synonyms

    * forming * conditioning

    Derived terms

    * modality * modally * modal auxiliary * modal logic * modal particle * quasimodal

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (logic) A modal proposition
  • (linguistics) A modal form, notably a modal auxiliary.
  • Anagrams

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    modality

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    Noun

    (modalities)
  • the fact 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.
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  • 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 structuration theory
  • See also

    * * (Linguistic modality)