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instrumentality

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state or quality of being instrumental.
  • n. A means; an agency.
  • n. A subsidiary branch, as of a government, by means of which functions or policies are carried out.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality or condition of being instrumental; serving a purpose, being useful.
  • n. (law) A governmental organ with a specific purpose.
  • n. Something that is instrumental; an instrument

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or character of being instrumental; subordinate or auxiliary agency; agency of anything as means to an end.
  • n. An instrumental means or agency; something serving as an instrument; as, preaching is the great instrumentality in the spread of religion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a subsidiary organ of government created for a special purpose
  • n. an artifact (or system of artifacts) that is instrumental in accomplishing some end
  • n. the quality of being instrumental for some purpose

Etymologies

From instrumental +‎ -ity. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • The Instrumentality of Mankind appears in Cordwainer Smith's stories.

    'It is the pride of the Instrumentality that the Instrumentality allows its officers to commit crimes or mistakes or suicide. The Instrumentality does the things for mankind that a computer can not do. The Instrumentality leaves the human brain, the human choice in action.'

    December 4, 2007