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[in-kawr-pawr-ee-uhl, -pohr-]
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  1. not corporeal or material; insubstantial.
  2. of, relating to, or characteristic of nonmaterial beings.
  3. Law. without material existence but existing in contemplation of law, as a franchise.
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Origin of incorporeal

1525–35; < Latin incorpore(us) + -al1. See in-3, corporeal
Related formsin·cor·po·re·al·i·ty, nounin·cor·po·re·al·ly, adverb


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Related Words

immaterial, ethereal, spiritual, bodiless, angelic, celestial, eternal, deistic

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British Dictionary definitions for incorporeal


  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, etcan incorporeal hereditament
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Derived Formsincorporeally, adverbincorporeity (ɪnˌkɔːpəˈriːɪtɪ) or incorporeality, noun
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Word Origin and History for incorporeal


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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