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From instrumental +‎ -ly.


instrumentally (comparative more instrumentally, superlative most instrumentally)

  1. By means of an instrument or agency; as means to an end
    • 1974, Thomas S. Szasz, M.D., chapter 8, in The Myth of Mental Illness[1], →ISBN, page 144:
      Institutionally based, restrictive relationships, such as those
      among family members or professional colleagues, must thus
      be contrasted with instrumentally based, nonrestrictive rela-
      tionships serving the aims of practical pursuits, such as those
      between freely practicing experts and their clients or between
      sellers and buyers. In instrumentally structured situations it is
      not necessary for the participants to curb their needs, because
      the mere expression of needs in no way compels others to
      gratify them, as it tends to do in the family.19 Indeed, not
      only is the frank expression of needs not inhibited, but it is
      often encouraged, since it helps to identify a problem or need
      for which someone might have a solution or satisfaction.
    They will argue that the end being essentially beneficial, the means become instrumentally so
  2. With instruments of music
    a song instrumentally accompanied