Modality may refer to:




  • In law: the basis of legal argumentation in United States constitutional law
  • In theology: 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)
  • In sociology, Modalities (sociology) is 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. This includes expressions of necessity, permissibility and probability, and negations of these


  • Sensory modality or 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

Science and technology

  • Transportation modality, a mode of transport
  • modal logic, a form of logic which distinguishes between (logically) "necessary truths" and "contingent truths". Related topics include possibility, impossibility, actuality, and related predicates
  • modality (human-computer interaction), a path of communication between the human and the computer, such as vision or touch

Other uses

  • 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

See also

  • Mode (disambiguation)
  • Modal (disambiguation)

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