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instrumentality

Syllabification: in·stru·men·tal·i·ty
Pronunciation: /ˌinstrəmənˈtalitē, -men-
 
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Definition of instrumentality in English:

noun (plural instrumentalities)

1The fact or quality of serving as an instrument or means to an end; agency: a corporate body can act only through the instrumentality of human beings
More example sentences
  • The modelling of all human behaviour on the contractualism and instrumentality of the market corrodes any politics of solidarity and citizenship.
  • The concepts of both realism and instrumentality are tricky ones when it comes to moving from sixteenth-century Germany to late-twentieth-century North America.
  • At the heart of all of them, I would argue, is the idea of instrumentality: a thing, unlike a person, is an instrument or means to the ends of persons; it is not an end in itself.
1.1A thing that serves as an instrument or means to an end.
Example sentences
  • There is definitely nothing entirely ‘new’ about a group of almost exclusively white, European or American men inventing new applications that extend and enhance the instrumentalities of technology.
  • But the modes of doing so are changing with the current technological and institutional developments and our historical habits are increasingly at odds with the contemporary exigencies, instrumentalities and methodologies.
  • Those political formations, which toned down their public opposition to accession, without altering their fundamental ideograph, were seen as possible instrumentalities to counter pan-Islamism and secessionism.

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