1 of or relating to mode or form as opposed to substance.
2 Gram. a of or denoting the mood of a verb. b (of an auxiliary verb, e.g. would) used to express the mood of another verb. c (of a particle) denoting manner.
3 Statistics of or relating to a mode; occurring most frequently in a sample or population.
4 Mus. denoting a style of music using a particular mode.
5 Logic (of a proposition) in which the predicate is affirmed of the subject with some qualification, or which involves the affirmation of possiblity, impossibility, necessity, or contingency.
modally adv.
Etymology: med.L modalis f. L (as MODE)

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