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modal British & World English

Relating to mode or form as opposed to substance

neo-modal British & World English

Of, designating, or relating to new or modern music characterized by modalism.

quasi-modal British & World English

Of, relating to, or designating a verbal element having some modal properties.

modal verb British & World English

An auxiliary verb that expresses necessity or possibility. English modal verbs include must, shall, will, should, would, can, could, may, and might

semi-modal British & World English

A verb that functions to some extent like a modal verb, typically in the way it forms negative and interrogative constructions. English semi-modals include need and dare

intermodal British & World English

Involving two or more different modes of transport in conveying goods

multimode British & World English

Characterized by several different modes of activity or occurrence

modal action pattern in action pattern British & World English

A behaviour or sequence of behaviours elicited in response to a particular stimulus or situation; specifically (more fully fixed action pattern, modal action pattern) a rigid sequence of such behaviours which is innate, highly stimulus-dependent, and runs to completion once elicited.