What does instrumentality mean?

Definitions for instrumentality
ˌɪn strə mɛnˈtæl ɪ tiin·stru·men·tal·i·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. instrumentalitynoun

    a subsidiary organ of government created for a special purpose

    "are the judicial instrumentalities of local governments adequate?"; "he studied the French instrumentalities for law enforcement"

  2. instrumentalitynoun

    the quality of being instrumental for some purpose

  3. instrumentality, instrumentationnoun

    an artifact (or system of artifacts) that is instrumental in accomplishing some end


  1. instrumentalitynoun

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

  2. instrumentalitynoun

    A governmental organ with a specific purpose.

  3. instrumentalitynoun

    Something that is instrumental; an instrument

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Instrumentalitynoun

    Subordinate agency; agency of any thing as means to an end.

    Etymology: from instrumental.

    Those natural and involuntary actings are not done by deliberation and formal command, yet they are done by the virtue, energy, and influx of the soul, and the instrumentality of the spirits. Matthew Hale, Original of Mankind.


  1. instrumentality

    Instrumentality refers to the quality or state of being instrumental or serving as a means or agency to accomplish a certain purpose or task. It can also refer to an object, organization, or system used to achieve a goal or purpose.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Instrumentalitynoun

    the quality or condition of being instrumental; that which is instrumental; anything used as a means; medium; agency


  1. Instrumentality

    Cordwainer Smith's Instrumentality universe.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of instrumentality in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of instrumentality in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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    a British imperial capacity measure (liquid or dry) equal to 4 quarts or 4.545 liters
    A urus
    B flapper
    C congius
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