instrumentality

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From instrumental +‎ -ity.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɪnstɹʊmɛnˈtalɪti/

Noun[edit]

instrumentality (plural instrumentalities)

  1. (uncountable) The quality or condition of being instrumental; serving a purpose, being useful.
    • 1902, William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience, Folio Society 2008, p. 294:
      In a later vision the Saviour revealed to her in detail the ‘great design’ which he wished to establish through her instrumentality.
  2. (countable, law) A governmental organ with a specific purpose.
  3. (countable) Something that is instrumental; an instrument
    • 1838, American Anti-Slavery Society, The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 2 of 4[1]:
      He spoke of the various instrumentalities which were now employed for the conversion of the world.
    • 1873, Helen Hunt Jackson, Bits About Home Matters[2]:
      Delays and failures will only set her to casting about for new instrumentalities.
    • 1914, Samuel F. B. Morse, Samuel F. B. Morse, His Letters and Journals[3]:
      God works by instrumentalities, and he has wonderfully thus far interposed in keeping evils that I feared in abeyance.