Modus vs Modal - What's the difference?

modus | modal |

As nouns the difference between modus and modal

is that modus is (legal|obsolete) the arrangement of, or mode of expressing, the terms of a contract or conveyance while modal is (logic) a modal proposition.

As a adjective modal is

of, or relating to a mode or modus.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • (legal, obsolete) The arrangement of, or mode of expressing, the terms of a contract or conveyance.
  • (legal) A qualification involving the idea of variation or departure from some general rule or form, in the way of either restriction or enlargement, according to the circumstances of the case, as in the will of a donor, an agreement between parties, etc.
  • (Henry de Bracton)
  • (legal) A fixed compensation or equivalent given instead of payment of tithes in kind, expressed in full by the phrase modus decimandi .
  • (Blackstone)
  • * Landor
  • They, from time immemorial, had paid a modus , or composition.




    (en adjective)
  • of, or relating to a mode or modus
  • (grammar) of, relating to, or describing the mood of a clause
  • (grammar) modal verb
  • *
  • Using the same type of distributional criterion, we could argue that only a Verb (in its base form) can occur in the position marked — in (23) below to complete the sentence:
    (23)     They/it can —
    Conversely, the only type of word which could be used to begin a three-word sentence such as (25) below:
    (25)     — I be frank?
    is a Modal : cf. [...]
  • (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


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

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