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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
First recorded in 1350-1400; Middle English word from Medieval Latin word immāteriālis. See im-2, material
Related forms
immaterially, adverb
immaterialness, noun Unabridged
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  • A man is at once material and immaterial, mortal and immortal.

  • That he had been given an opportunity to sin was immaterial.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • I believe now that you are misinformed as to the facts, but that is immaterial.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards Joseph C. Lincoln
  • What he should do when he arrived and found them there was immaterial; he must get there, that was all.

    The Woman-Haters Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Voices also ascended, wonderful in their distinct and immaterial clearness.

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
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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