• (British) IPA: /ɪnstɹʊmɛnˈtalɪti/


  1. (uncountable) The quality or condition of being instrumental; serving a purpose, being useful.
    • 1902, William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience, Folio Society 2008, p. 294:
      In a later vision the Saviour revealed to her in detail the ‘great design’ which he wished to establish through her instrumentality.
  2. (countable, legal) A governmental organ with a specific purpose.
    • 1994, Title 17 of the United States Code, §104A(a)(2):
      Any work in which the copyright was ever owned or administered by the Alien Property Custodian and in which the restored copyright would be owned by a government or instrumentality thereof, is not a restored work.
  3. (countable) Something that is instrumental; an instrument.

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