[ in-kawr-pawr-ee-uhl, -pohr- ]
/ ˌɪn kɔrˈpɔr i əl, -ˈpoʊr- /


not corporeal or material; insubstantial.
of, relating to, or characteristic of nonmaterial beings.
Law. without material existence but existing in contemplation of law, as a franchise.

Origin of incorporeal

1525–35; < Latin incorpore(us) + -al1. See in-3, corporeal

Related forms

in·cor·po·re·al·i·ty, nounin·cor·po·re·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for incorporeal


/ (ˌɪnkɔːˈpɔːrɪəl) /


without material form, body, or substance
spiritual or metaphysical
law having no material existence but existing by reason of its annexation of something material, such as an easement, touchline, copyright, etcan incorporeal hereditament

Derived Forms

incorporeally, adverbincorporeity (ɪnˌkɔːpəˈriːɪtɪ) or incorporeality, noun
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