instrumentality


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in·stru·men·tal·i·ty

 (ĭn′strə-mĕn-tăl′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. in·stru·men·tal·i·ties
1. The state or quality of being instrumental.
2. A means; an agency.
3. A subsidiary branch, as of a government, by means of which functions or policies are carried out.

in•stru•men•tal•i•ty

(ˌɪn strə mɛnˈtæl ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the quality or state of being instrumental.
2. the fact or function of serving some purpose.
3. a means or agency.
[1645–55]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.instrumentality - 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"
government department - a department of government
social unit, unit - an organization regarded as part of a larger social group; "the coach said the offensive unit did a good job"; "after the battle the soldier had trouble rejoining his unit"
2.instrumentality - the quality of being instrumental for some purpose
usefulness, utility - the quality of being of practical use
3.instrumentality - an artifact (or system of artifacts) that is instrumental in accomplishing some end
artefact, artifact - a man-made object taken as a whole
ceramic - an artifact made of hard brittle material produced from nonmetallic minerals by firing at high temperatures
connecter, connector, connective, connection, connexion - an instrumentality that connects; "he soldered the connection"; "he didn't have the right connector between the amplifier and the speakers"
container - any object that can be used to hold things (especially a large metal boxlike object of standardized dimensions that can be loaded from one form of transport to another)
transport, conveyance - something that serves as a means of transportation
device - an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose; "the device is small enough to wear on your wrist"; "a device intended to conserve water"
equipment - an instrumentality needed for an undertaking or to perform a service
furnishing - (usually plural) the instrumentalities (furniture and appliances and other movable accessories including curtains and rugs) that make a home (or other area) livable
ironware, hardware - instrumentalities (tools or implements) made of metal
implement - instrumentation (a piece of equipment or tool) used to effect an end
means - an instrumentality for accomplishing some end
system - instrumentality that combines interrelated interacting artifacts designed to work as a coherent entity; "he bought a new stereo system"; "the system consists of a motor and a small computer"
toilet articles, toiletry - artifacts used in making your toilet (washing and taking care of your body)
arms, implements of war, munition, weaponry, weapons system - weapons considered collectively
medium - a means or instrumentality for storing or communicating information

instrumentality

noun
That by which something is accomplished or some end achieved:
Translations

instrumentality

[ˌɪnstrʊmenˈtælɪtɪ] Nmediación f, agencia f
by or through the instrumentality ofpor medio de, gracias a

instrumentality

n through or by the instrumentality of somebodydurch jds Vermittlung or Eingreifen
References in classic literature ?
It seems to require no pains to prove that the States ought not to prefer a national Constitution which could only be kept in motion by the instrumentality of a large army continually on foot to execute the ordinary requisitions or decrees of the government.
Whatever evils may befall you, they will not be occasioned by my instrumentality, that I solemnly promise you.
Alexander the Sixth arose afterwards, who of all the pontiffs that have ever been showed how a pope with both money and arms was able to prevail; and through the instrumentality of the Duke Valentino, and by reason of the entry of the French, he brought about all those things which I have discussed above in the actions of the duke.
I eagerly inquired what quantity he had brought with him, when rummaging once more beneath his garment, he produced a small handful of something so soft, pulpy, and discoloured, that for a few moments he was as much puzzled as myself to tell by what possible instrumentality such a villainous compound had become engendered in his bosom.
Our friendship lasted, in this manner, for several years, during which my general temperament and character - through the instrumentality of the Fiend Intemperance - had (I blush to confess it) experienced a radical alteration for the worse.
Whole communities are fast being revolutionized through the instrumentality of these men and women.
Not only young virgins of that town, but gray-bearded men also, were often in haste to conjecture how a new acquaintance might be wrought into their purposes, contented with very vague knowledge as to the way in which life had been shaping him for that instrumentality.
Another quarter of an hour and the Prince will arrive and the procession will halt for the last time; after the tulip is placed on its throne, the Prince, yielding precedence to this rival for the popular adoration, will take a magnificently emblazoned parchment, on which is written the name of the grower; and his Highness, in a loud and audible tone, will proclaim him to be the discoverer of a wonder; that Holland, by the instrumentality of him, Boxtel, has forced Nature to produce a black flower, which shall henceforth be called Tulipa nigra Boxtellea.
This remarkable transformation, no doubt in some degree inevitable, was actually brought about chiefly through the instrumentality of a single man, a certain English archdeacon of Welsh descent, Geoffrey of Monmouth.
Weller was dispelling all the feverish remains of the previous evening's conviviality, through the instrumentality of a halfpenny shower-bath (having induced a young gentleman attached to the stable department, by the offer of that coin, to pump over his head and face, until he was perfectly restored), when he was attracted by the appearance of a young fellow in mulberry-coloured livery, who was sitting on a bench in the yard, reading what appeared to be a hymn-book, with an air of deep abstraction, but who occasionally stole a glance at the individual under the pump, as if he took some interest in his proceedings, nevertheless.
A federal court in Arizona has agreed with a growing number of jurisdictions that a franchisor is vicariously liable for the actions of its franchisee only if the franchisor exerts control over the very instrumentality that caused the alleged harm.
More than seven years in the making, the issue first came to light in 2004 when the IRS issued a private letter ruling that stated that a FCU was not an eligible employer under Section 457 of the IRC because it was a federal government instrumentality.