in·stru·men·tal·i·ty /ˌin-strə-mən-'ta-lə-tē, -ˌmen-/ n pl -ties
1: something through which an end is achieved or occurs
damages incurred in a single incident through an instrumentality owned by the employer
2: something that serves as an intermediary or agent through which one or more functions of a larger controlling entity are carried out: a part or branch esp. of a governing body compare alter ego

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun channel, device, equipment, expedient, implement, instrument, interagent, intermediary, intermediate, intermedium, machinery, manner, means, medium, method, mode, operation, process, resource, stratagem, technic, technique, tool, vehicle, way, wherewithal associated concepts: dangerous instrumentality II index agency (legal relationship), intercession, medium, organ

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

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