noun (plural instrumentalities)[mass noun]
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
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- 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.
1.1 [count noun] A thing which serves as a means to an end.
- 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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