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Modality may refer to:



  • Modality (theology), the organization and structure of the church, as distinct from sodality or parachurch organizations
  • In music, the subject concerning certain diatonic scales known as musical modes (e.g., Ionian)
  • Modalities (sociology), a concept in Anthony Giddens structuration theory.


  • Modality (semiotics), the channel by which signs are transmitted (oral, gesture, written)
  • Linguistic modality, covering expressions of how the world might be and should be, including expressions of necessity, permissibility and probability, and negations of these


  • Sensory modality, widely used in physiotherapy like stimulus modality, a type of physical phenomenon that one can sense, such as temperature and sound
  • In psychotherapy, a method of therapeutic approach
  • In medical imaging, any of the various types of equipment or probes used to acquire images of the body, such as radiography, ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging

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  • In advance fee fraud (Nigerian 419 scams), the method of funds transfers; often used as a key-word in scam baiting
  • Modal realism, a view that all possible worlds are as real as the actual world
  • Modalities (trade negotiations), the formulas, targets, or specific measures used to accomplish objectives in trade negotiations

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