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]
EtymologyFrom instrumental + -ity.
- a UK /ɪnstɹʊmɛnˈtalɪti/
- 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.
- 1902, William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience, Folio Society 2008, p. 294:
Instrumentality can refer to any of the following:
- The quality or condition of being instrumental
- The third studio album to be released by Toronto emcee Ill Eagle.
- The theory of Instrumentalism in the philosophy of science
- The philosophical concept of Instrumental rationality
- The science fiction book series Instrumentality of Mankind by Cordwainer Smith
- The Human Instrumentality Project from the Neon Genesis Evangelion anime series.