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mod·al

modal

 
pronunciation:
mo dl
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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Word Combinations (adjective)
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: of or concerning mode, mood, or form.
definition 2: in jazz and popular music, of or pertaining to a composition that is based on the use of one or two major or minor chords, rather than on a series of chords established by a melody.
definition 3: of or pertaining to the use of any of various sequences of the eight diatonic tones, esp. in medieval church music.
definition 4: in grammar, of or concerning the mood of a verb.
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part of speech: noun
definition: in grammar, a modal auxiliary.
"Can," "should," "must," and "might" are examples of modals.
derivation: modally (adv.)