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Modality may refer to:


  • Modality (theology), the organization and structure of the church, as distinct from sodality or parachurch organizations
  • Modality (music), in music, the subject concerning certain diatonic scales
  • Modalities (sociology), a concept in Anthony Giddens structuration theory
  • Modal logic (philosophy), a form of logic which distinguishes between (logically) "necessary truths" and "contingent truths"


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


  • Modality (therapy), a method of therapeutic approach
  • Modality (diagnosis), a method of diagnosis
    • 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
  • Sensory modality, a type of physical phenomenon or stimulus that one can sense, such as temperature and sound

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