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[im-uh-teer-ee-uh l] /ˌɪm əˈtɪər i əl/
of no essential consequence; unimportant.
not pertinent; irrelevant.
not material; incorporeal; spiritual.
Origin of immaterial
1350-1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin immāteriālis. See im-2, material
Related forms
immaterially, adverb
immaterialness, noun Unabridged
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  • But several others described being led astray by studies that turned out to be immaterial or steeped in opaque discourse.
  • Their performance is immaterial so long as they maintain enough political power to prevent gross adjustments to their arrangement.
  • Whatever that speed is, in this experiment, is completely immaterial.
  • Our consciousness seems to exist in an immaterial realm, distinct from the meat on our bones.
  • He did not indicate their subject matter nor why he considered them immaterial.
  • The fact that he engaged in illegal activities, tortured and shot dogs is immaterial and probably not true.
  • Economists generally believe in all kinds of growth, even immaterial.
  • People are getting overwhelmed, and the entropic rot in immaterial cyberspace is gonna take an almighty toll.
  • The fact that the lie is about climate change is immaterial.
  • The fact that they gave you the opportunity to prove your legal status is immaterial.
British Dictionary definitions for immaterial


of no real importance; inconsequential
not formed of matter; incorporeal; spiritual
Derived Forms
immateriality, immaterialness, noun
immaterially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for immaterial

late 14c., "spiritual, incorporeal," from Medieval Latin immaterialis "not consisting of matter, spiritual," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + Late Latin materialis (see material). Secondary sense of "unimportant" is first recorded 1690s from material in its 16c. sense of "important." Related: Immaterially.

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