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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
From the Medieval Latin word māteriālitās, dating back to 1520-30. See material, -ity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The presence on the step above him was for the time dispelled by her own materiality.

    The Debtor Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • In other words, materiality and reality are not inseparably associated.

    Beyond Henry Seward Hubbard
  • As already suggested, without this false belief in materiality Christian Science would have been a useless discovery.

    What is Christian Science? M. M. Mangasarian
  • Keeping strictly to the material modern science has reached the confines of materiality.

  • To get to the principle of all life, as also of all materiality, we must go further still.

    Creative Evolution Henri Bergson
  • The discovery of Dr. Black, however, gave a preponderance to the scale in favour of its materiality.

  • Can there exist pure knowledge without feeling, without that species of materiality which feeling lends to it?

    Tragic Sense Of Life Miguel de Unamuno
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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