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[non-muh-teer-ee-uh l] /ˌnɒn məˈtɪər i əl/
not material or composed of matter.
not involving, seeking, or primarily concerned with riches or material things; involving or concerned with the spiritual, intellectual, or cultural aspects of life.
of or relating to the spirit or soul; spiritual:
to minister to a person's nonmaterial needs.
Origin of nonmaterial
First recorded in 1935-40; non- + material Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • From the earliest days of history we find records of strange and marvelous cures effected by non-material agents.

    Mind and Body William Walker Atkinson
  • On the non-material side the city has made a progress even more remarkable.

  • On the non-material side the similarities between the groups are even more marked.

  • The fact is that we are only able to argue conclusively that, besides the physical form, we have a non-material soul, or a self.

    Creation and Its Records B.H. Baden-Powell
  • The line of development is from the predominantly material to the predominance of the non-material.

  • Gabriel Tarde has pointed out that money may function as a measure of non-material goods through gifts, public subscriptions, etc.

    The Value of Money Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
  • Man is essentially one; but there is both a material and a non-material, a physical and a spiritual element, in the one nature.

    Creation and Its Records B.H. Baden-Powell
  • How then, asked his opponents, could the individual exist in the non-material world?

    The Grey Friars in Oxford Andrew G. Little

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