Dictionary Definition



1 a subsidiary organ of government created for a special purpose; "are the judicial instrumentalities of local governments adequate?"; "he studied the French instrumentalities for law enforcement"
2 the quality of being instrumental for some purpose
3 an artifact (or system of artifacts) that is instrumental in accomplishing some end [syn: instrumentation]

User Contributed Dictionary



From instrumental + -ity.


  • a UK /ɪnstɹʊmɛnˈtalɪti/


  1. The quality or condition of being instrumental; serving a purpose, being useful.
    • 1902, William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience, Folio Society 2008, p. 294:
      In a later vision the Saviour revealed to her in detail the ‘great design’ which he wished to establish through her instrumentality.

Extensive Definition

Instrumentality can refer to any of the following:

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