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MODAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does modal mean? 

MODAL (noun)
  The noun MODAL has 1 sense:

1. an auxiliary verb (such as 'can' or 'will') that is used to express modality

  Familiarity information: MODAL used as a noun is very rare.


MODAL (adjective)
  The adjective MODAL has 3 senses:

1. relating to or constituting the most frequent value in a distribution
2. of or relating to a musical mode; especially written in an ecclesiastical mode
3. relating to or expressing the mood of a verb

  Familiarity information: MODAL used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


MODAL (noun)


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Meaning:

An auxiliary verb (such as 'can' or 'will') that is used to express modality

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

modal; modal auxiliary; modal auxiliary verb

Hypernyms ("modal" is a kind of...):

auxiliary verb (a word used in a verb phrase as an adjunct to another verb)


MODAL (adjective)


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Meaning:

Relating to or constituting the most frequent value in a distribution

Synonyms:

modal; average

Context example:

the modal age at which American novelists reach their peak is 30

Similar:

normal (conforming with or constituting a norm or standard or level or type or social norm; not abnormal)

Domain category:

statistics (a branch of applied mathematics concerned with the collection and interpretation of quantitative data and the use of probability theory to estimate population parameters)


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Meaning:

Of or relating to a musical mode; especially written in an ecclesiastical mode

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Pertainym:

mode (any of various fixed orders of the various diatonic notes within an octave)


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Meaning:

Relating to or expressing the mood of a verb

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

modal auxiliary

Pertainym:

mode (verb inflections that express how the action or state is conceived by the speaker)


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