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[muh-teer-ee-al-i-tee] /məˌtɪər iˈæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural materialities for 2.
material nature or quality.
something material.
Origin of materiality
1520-30; < Medieval Latin māteriālitās. See material, -ity Unabridged
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  • His research focuses on materiality and landscape, prehistoric monuments, and burial and belief.
  • Its materiality, however, may wane as other influences gradually overwhelm ethical considerations.
  • There is no materiality, no product, which comes close to our level of intelligence and our inherent design perfection.
  • The fruit's fierce materiality and celestial beauty channel the essence of the artist's national, historical, and personal genius.
  • There is so much fussing over the materiality of the world, but no commensurate care is lavished upon psychological detail.
  • The poet is actually there physically, with a physical voice, and that physical voice is the materiality of the lyric poem.
  • They are an oath, an intent, falsity and materiality.
  • materiality is an absolute requirement for a conviction of perjury.
  • We instantly recognize its weight, its sticky materiality.
  • It is packed with the traces of ideas, yet everything about the book announces its materiality.
British Dictionary definitions for materiality


the state or quality of being physical or material
substance; matter
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for materiality

1520s, "that which is the matter of something," from Modern Latin materialitas, from materialis (see material (adj.)). From 1560s as "quality of being material;" 1640s as "quality of being important to matters at hand."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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