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1serving as an instrument or means in pursuing an aim or policy:the society was instrumental in bringing about legislation relating to something’s function as an instrument or means to an end:a very instrumental view of education and how it relates to their needs 2(of music) performed on instruments, not sung:a largely instrumental piece relating to musical instruments:brilliance of instrumental color 3of or relating to an implement or measuring device:instrumental error instrumental delivery of a baby 4 Grammar denoting or relating to a case of nouns and pronouns (and words in grammatical agreement with them) indicating a means or instrument.
1a piece of (usually nonclassical) music performed solely by instruments, with no vocals. 2
) Grammar the instrumental case.
a noun in the instrumental case.