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Definition of the adjective instrumental

What does instrumental mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more instrumental / most instrumental

  1. relating to or designed for or performed on musical instruments
  2. serving or acting as a means or aid

Alternative definition of the adjective instrumental


  1. Acting as an instrument; serving as a means; contributing to promote; conductive; helpful; serviceable; essential or central.
  2. [music] Pertaining to, made by, or prepared for, an instrument, especially a musical instrument; as, 'instrumental' music, distinguished from 'vocal' music.
  3. [grammar] Applied to a case expressing means or agency—and is generally indicated in English by 'by' or 'with' with the objective; as, the 'instrumental' case. This is found in Sanskrit as a separate case, but in Greek it was merged into the dative, and in Latin into the ablative. In Old English it was a separate case, but has disappeared, leaving only a few anomalous forms. It continues to be used in Slavic languages.

Definition of the noun instrumental

What does instrumental mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: instrumentals

  1. [context: uncountable, grammar] The instrumental case.
  2. [context: countable, music] A composition without lyrics.


Instrumental is a musical group, record producers.


  1. Instrumental: An instrumental is a musical composition or recording without lyrics, or singing, although it might include some inarticulate vocal input; the music is primarily or exclusively produced by musical instruments.
    • also known as מוּזִיקָה אִינְסְטְרוּמֶנְטָלִית, קטע כלי, 器樂
  2. "Instrumental" is a composition.

Phrases with Instrumental

  1. Instrumental case
  2. instrumental role
  3. instrumental music
  4. Instrumental Width
  5. Instrumental Version
  6. Instrumental rationality
  7. instrumental conditioning

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Instrumental

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Google previewThe Blackwell Guide to Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics (2008)

by Richard Kraut

take pleasure in the sight of things we take to be instrumental means to things we value for themselves, Aristotle's point in IX.9 seems to be about the sort of intrinsic pleasure we take in the sight of things we ...

Google previewThe Garland Encyclopedia of World Music: South Asia : the Indian subcontinent (1998)

by Bruno Nettl, Ruth M. Stone, James Porter, Timothy Rice

Gat Forms and Styles Improvisation Performance Contexts and Program Design Performers Instrumental music within the North Indian classical tradition ranges from the manipulation of improvisational models to the repetition of relatively ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Behavioral Neuroscience (2010)

discriminative stimuli S R outcome instrumental action representations lever- pressing ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words (2008)

by Diagram Group

rhapsody An instrumental fantasia, often based on ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Interpersonal Violence (2008)

by Claire M. Renzetti, Jeffrey L. Edleson

Instrumental violence is goal-oriented aggression or violence that occurs as a by- product of an individual's attempting to achieve a superordinate goal. Early 20th- century theorist Edward Thorndike's law of effect is useful in understanding the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Psychopharmacology (2010)

by Ian Stolerman

Instrumental. Aversive. Conditioning. ▷ Operant Behavior in Animals ▷ Operant Conditioning ▷ Passive Avoidance...

Instrumental. Conditioning. ANTHONY DICKINSON Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Cambridge, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Human Computer Interaction (2005)

by Ghaoui, Claude

—its possession and use serves self-expressive functions beyond the mere instrumental (e.g., Wicklund & Gollwitzer, 1982). To summarize, an appealing ...

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Sign Language (Outro) (OMYOP) | Flo Musique (Instrumental)

Quotes about Instrumental

I like to think that I've been a good manager. That fact has been very instrumental in making Linux a successful product. (Linus Torvalds)
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Scrabble value of I1N1S1T1R1U1M3E1N1T1A1L1

The value of this 12-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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