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instrumental role

Definition of Instrumental Role

(noun) A dominate task oriented leader in the public sphere, taking care of economic needs, and serving as an authority figure that makes decisions within a family.

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Etymology of Instrumental Role

Instrumental Role Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: in·stru·men·tal role

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /in-struh-mEnt-l rOHl/
  • British English – /in-struh-mEn-tuhl rOHl/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˌɪnstrəˈmɛntəl roʊl/
  • British English – /ˌɪnstrʊˈmɛntl rəʊl/

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Works Consulted

Ravelli, Bruce, and Michelle Webber. 2016. Exploring Sociology: A Canadian Perspective. 3rd ed. Toronto: Pearson.

Wikipedia contributors. (N.d.) Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation. (https://en.wikipedia.org/).

Cite the Definition of Instrumental Role

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “instrumental role.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved May 29, 2020 (http://sociologydictionary.org/instrumental-role/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

instrumental role. (2015). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/instrumental-role/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “instrumental role.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed May 29, 2020. http://sociologydictionary.org/instrumental-role/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“instrumental role.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2015. Web. 29 May. 2020. <http://sociologydictionary.org/instrumental-role/>.