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incorporeal

[in-kawr-pawr-ee-uh l, -pohr-] /ˌɪn kɔrˈpɔr i əl, -ˈpoʊr-/
adjective
1.
not corporeal or material; insubstantial.
2.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of nonmaterial beings.
3.
Law. without material existence but existing in contemplation of law, as a franchise.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; < Latin incorpore(us) + -al1. See in-3, corporeal
Related forms
incorporeality, noun
incorporeally, adverb
Synonyms
1. bodiless, spiritual, immaterial.
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Examples for incorporeal
  • Her slightly disembodied tone and a certain skittishness in her coloratura seemed appropriate to her incorporeal character.
  • Huge, sumptuous properties are devoted to the housing and care of an incorporeal being.
  • He is not more vaporous or incorporeal than he is liquid or solid, except in sophisticated theologies.
  • Whether conveyance of incorporeal hereditament falls within the statute.
British Dictionary definitions for incorporeal

incorporeal

/ˌɪnkɔːˈpɔːrɪəl/
adjective
1.
without material form, body, or substance
2.
spiritual or metaphysical
3.
(law) having no material existence but existing by reason of its annexation of something material, such as an easement, touchline, copyright, etc an incorporeal hereditament
Derived Forms
incorporeally, adverb
incorporeity (ɪnˌkɔːpəˈriːɪtɪ), incorporeality, noun
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Word Origin and History for incorporeal
adj.

1530s, with -al (1) and Latin incorporeus "without body," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + corpus (genitive corporis) "body" (see corporal).

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