modality

A modality is the way or mode in which something exists or is done. You might often see it used with reference to diagnostic modality, which is the way in which a disease or illness is diagnosed by a doctor.

Modality shares its root with the word mode, meaning "the way in which something happens or is experienced." A sensory modality is a way of sensing, like vision or hearing. Modality in someone's voice gives a sense of the person's mood. In logic, modality has to do with whether a proposition is necessary, possible, or impossible. In general, a modality is a particular way in which something exists.

Definitions of modality
  1. noun
    how something is done or how it happens
    synonyms: fashion, manner, mode, style, way
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    artistic style, idiom
    the style of a particular artist or school or movement
    drape
    the manner in which fabric hangs or falls
    fit
    the manner in which something fits
    form
    a particular mode in which something is manifested
    life style, life-style, lifestyle, modus vivendi
    a manner of living that reflects the person's values and attitudes
    setup
    the way something is organized or arranged
    signature, touch
    a distinguishing style
    wise
    a way of doing or being
    response
    the manner in which an electrical or mechanical device responds to an input signal or a range of input signals
    baroque, baroqueness
    elaborate and extensive ornamentation in decorative art and architecture that flourished in Europe in the 17th century
    classical style
    the artistic style of ancient Greek art with its emphasis on proportion and harmony
    order
    (architecture) one of original three styles of Greek architecture distinguished by the type of column and entablature used or a style developed from the original three by the Romans
    rococo
    fanciful but graceful asymmetric ornamentation in art and architecture that originated in France in the 18th century
    High Renaissance
    the artistic style of early 16th century painting in Florence and Rome; characterized by technical mastery and heroic composition and humanistic content
    treatment
    a manner of dealing with something artistically
    fast lane
    a hectic and pressured lifestyle often characterized by recklessness or dissipation
    free living
    a lifestyle given to easy indulgence of the appetites
    vanity fair
    a vain and frivolous lifestyle especially in large cities
    common touch
    the property of appealing to people in general (usually by appearing to have qualities in common with them)
    hang
    the way a garment hangs
    neoclassicism
    revival of a classical style (in art or literature or architecture or music) but from a new perspective or with a new motivation
    classicalism, classicism
    a movement in literature and art during the 17th and 18th centuries in Europe that favored rationality and restraint and strict forms
    Romantic Movement, Romanticism
    a movement in literature and art during the late 18th and early 19th centuries that celebrated nature rather than civilization
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    property
    a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class
  2. noun
    a particular functioning condition or arrangement
    synonyms: mode
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    condition, status
    a state at a particular time
  3. noun
    a method of therapy that involves physical or electrical therapeutic treatment
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    diathermy
    a method of physical therapy that involves generating local heat in body tissues by high-frequency electromagnetic currents
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    intervention, treatment
    care provided to improve a situation (especially medical procedures or applications that are intended to relieve illness or injury)
  4. noun
    a classification of propositions on the basis of whether they claim necessity or possibility or impossibility
    synonyms: mode
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    logical relation
    a relation between propositions
  5. noun
    a particular sense
    synonyms: sense modality, sensory system
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    sight, vision, visual modality, visual sense
    the ability to see; the visual faculty
    somatosense
    any of the sensory systems that mediate sensations of pressure and tickle and warmth and cold and vibration and limb position and limb movement and pain
    audition, auditory modality, auditory sense, hearing, sense of hearing
    the ability to hear; the auditory faculty
    gustation, gustatory modality, sense of taste, taste
    the faculty of distinguishing sweet, sour, bitter, and salty properties in the mouth
    olfaction, olfactory modality, sense of smell, smell
    the faculty that enables us to distinguish scents
    stigmatism
    normal eyesight
    cutaneous senses, sense of touch, skin senses, touch, touch modality
    the faculty by which external objects or forces are perceived through contact with the body (especially the hands)
    achromatic vision
    vision using the rods
    acuity, sharp-sightedness, visual acuity
    sharpness of vision; the visual ability to resolve fine detail (usually measured by a Snellen chart)
    binocular vision
    vision involving the use of both eyes
    central vision
    vision using the fovea and parafovea; the middle part of the visual field
    chromatic vision, color vision, trichromacy
    the normal ability to see colors
    distance vision
    vision for objects that a 20 feet or more from the viewer
    eyesight, seeing, sightedness
    normal use of the faculty of vision
    monocular vision
    vision with only one eye
    near vision
    vision for objects 2 feet or closer to the viewer
    night vision, night-sight, scotopic vision, twilight vision
    the ability to see in reduced illumination (as in moonlight)
    daylight vision, photopic vision
    normal vision in daylight; vision with sufficient illumination that the cones are active and hue is perceived
    peripheral vision
    vision at the edges of the visual field using only the periphery of the retina
    ear
    good hearing
    absolute pitch, perfect pitch
    the ability to identify the pitch of a tone
    nose
    the sense of smell (especially in animals)
    feeling of movement, kinaesthesia, kinesthesia
    the perception of body position and movement and muscular tensions etc
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    sensation, sense, sensory faculty, sentience, sentiency
    the faculty through which the external world is apprehended
  6. noun
    verb inflections that express how the action or state is conceived by the speaker
    synonyms: mode, mood
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    common mood, declarative, declarative mood, fact mood, indicative, indicative mood
    a mood (grammatically unmarked) that represents the act or state as an objective fact
    subjunctive, subjunctive mood
    a mood that represents an act or state (not as a fact but) as contingent or possible
    optative, optative mood
    a mood (as in Greek or Sanskrit) that expresses a wish or hope; expressed in English by modal verbs
    imperative, imperative form, imperative mood, jussive mood
    a mood that expresses an intention to influence the listener's behavior
    interrogative, interrogative mood
    some linguists consider interrogative sentences to constitute a mood
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    grammatical relation
    a linguistic relation established by grammar
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