Definition of Instrumentality

1. Noun. A subsidiary organ of government created for a special purpose. "He studied the French instrumentalities for law enforcement"

Group relationships: Government Department
Generic synonyms: Social Unit, Unit



2. Noun. The quality of being instrumental for some purpose.
Generic synonyms: Usefulness, Utility
Derivative terms: Instrumental

3. Noun. An artifact (or system of artifacts) that is instrumental in accomplishing some end.

Definition of Instrumentality

1. n. The quality or condition of being instrumental; that which is instrumental; anything used as a means; medium; agency.

Definition of Instrumentality

1. Noun. The quality or condition of being instrumental; serving a purpose, being useful. ¹

2. Noun. (legal) A governmental organ with a specific purpose. ¹

3. Noun. Something that is instrumental; an instrument ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Instrumentality

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Instrumentality

instrumental conditioning
instrumental music
instrumental rationality
instrumental role
instrumental version
instrumental width
instrumentalisation
instrumentalisations
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instrumentalises
instrumentalising
instrumentalism
instrumentalist
instrumentalists
instrumentality (current term)
instrumentalization
instrumentalizations
instrumentalize
instrumentalized
instrumentalizes
instrumentalizing
instrumentally
instrumentalness
instrumentals
instrumentarium
instrumentary
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instrumentation
instrumentations

Literary usage of Instrumentality

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1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1888)
"... nor claims of said patent, described any apparatus or device by which articulate speech could be transmitted through the instrumentality of electricity, ..."

2. Sketches of Western Methodism: Biographical, Historical, and Miscellaneous by James Bradley Finley (1854)
"He was among the first that embraced religion in that state through the instrumentality of Wesley's missionaries. The field was then white unto harvest, ..."

3. The Reign of Law by George Douglas Campbell Argyll (1873)
"... whether ordinary or extraordinary, are effected through the instrumentality of means •—that is to say, by the instrumentality of natural laws brought ..."

4. The Modern Régime by Hippolyte Taine (1890)
"It is an instrumentality.—A common law for every instrumentality.—Mechanical instruments.—Physiological instruments.—Social instruments. ..."

5. The Modern Régime by Hippolyte Taine (1890)
"It is an instrumentality.—A common law for every instrumentality.—Mechanical instruments.—Physiological instruments.—Social instruments. ..."

6. History of the Second War Between the United States of America and Great by Charles Jared Ingersoll (1852)
"On the expulsion of Charles X. from the French throne, mainly by La Fayette's instrumentality, correspondence took place between ..."

7. The Dictionary of National Biography by Sidney Lee (1908)
"... but he left them so badly off that a pension was granted by the crown to his widow and daughters through the instrumentality of Mr. Perceval. ..."

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