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Instrument

A formal or legal written document; a document in writing, such as a deed, lease, bond, contract, or will. A writing that serves as evidence of an individual's right to collect money, such as a check.

instrument

n. 1) a written legal document such as a contract, lease, deed, will or bond. 2) an object used to perform some task or action, ranging from a surgeon's scalpel to any hard thing used in an assault (a blunt instrument).

instrument

(Document), noun bill, certificate, deed, draft, evidential writing, executed and delivered writing, formal writing, official record, official writing, paper, record, solemn writing, syngrapha, tabula, writing delivered as the evidence of an agreement, writing which gives formal expression to a legal act, written formal expression
Associated concepts: allonge, instrument evidencing a debt, instrument of writing, negotiable instrument
Foreign phrases: Mala grammatica non vitiat chartam, sed in expositione instrumentorum mala grammatica quoad fieri possit evitanda est.Bad grammar does not vitiate a deed, but in the drafting of instruments, bad grammar should, as far as possible, be avoided. Ubi nulla est connectura quae ducat alio, verba intelligenda sunt ex proorietate, non grammatica, sed populari ex usu. Where there is nothing which calls for another construction, words are to be understood according to their proper sense, not according to their strict grammatical meaning, but accorddng to their popular sense. Qui haeret in litera haeret in cortice. He who adheres to the letter of an instrument goes but skin deep into its meaning.

instrument

(Tool), noun agency, agent, aid, appliance, article, channel, contributing force, device, equipment, facility, implement, machine, machinery, means, mechanical construction, mechanism, medium, utensil, utility, vehicle
Associated concepts: instrument of fraud
See also: appliance, blank, certificate, channel, charter, conduit, deed, device, document, expedient, facility, form, forum, indenture, instrumentality, interagent, lease, license, medium, organ, proctor, resource, tool, will

instrument

a written legal document. See also NEGOTIABLE INSTRUMENT.

INSTRUMENT, contracts. The writing which contains some agreement, and is so called because it has been prepared as a memorial of what has taken place or been agreed upon. The agreement and the instrument in which it is contained are very different things, the latter being only evidence of the existence of the former. The instrument or form of the contract may be valid, but the contract itself may be void on account of fraud. Vide Ayl. Parerg. 305; Dunl. Ad. Pr. 220.

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A study by Elizur, Borg, Hunt, and Beck (1991) reflects continuation of low instrumental values of rewards such as pay benefits and working conditions.
The conceptual framework of the study is culled from the Rokeachian concept of values wherein there are two classifications: Terminal values or end-state of existence values, and Instrumental values or the mode of behavior.
Rokeach's model, from which the Rokeach Value Survey (RVS) is derived, is based on two sets of 18 values: terminal values or those end states that a person aspires to, and instrumental values or desired "modes of conduct".
Instrumental values refer to preferable modes of behavior.
Instrumental values may be the outcome of a particular reading of the "facts" of history, but given that the facts never speak for themselves, the rival positions often appear in the guise of irresolvable values.
Clearly, the instrumental value of all creatures looms large in patristic and medieval theological reflections.
43) Elsewhere he says that information has instrumental value and "it usually is communicated in an organized or formalized pattern, mainly because such formalization increases potential utility.
As noted earlier, SARA's Preamble references both the intrinsic and instrumental values of wildlife, so Parliament clearly did not ignore the human side of the equation.
Individuals within this category score high on competence instrumental values and social terminal values.
For good reason, a diminished sense of vocation leaves the province of liberal arts having to "prove its worth" in a world of pragmatic standards, one that can only understand instrumental values because it truly believes now only in power or force.
From the 18 instrumental values of the Rokeach Value Survey, factor analysis extracted four dimensions, which were labeled: Integrity, Civility, Self-Direction, and Drive (in order of importance).
It centers on the difference between intrinsic values and instrumental values.