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noun, plural ma·te·ri·al·i·ties for 2.
  1. material nature or quality.
  2. something material.
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Origin of materiality

From the Medieval Latin word māteriālitās, dating back to 1520–30. See material, -ity
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Related Words for materiality

correspondence, bearing, application, importance, accordance, congruence, aptness, pertinence, matter, substance, applicability, significance, relevancy, relativity, relatedness, concernment

Examples from the Web for materiality

Contemporary Examples of materiality

Historical Examples of materiality

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

    Creative Evolution

    Henri Bergson

  • Materiality may very well stand the brunt of that unshotted broadside.

  • It is the consciousness of good only, without a trace of materiality or evil.

    Carmen Ariza

    Charles Francis Stocking

  • Sculpture dispenses with color, painting with the materiality of form.

  • In other words, materiality and reality are not inseparably associated.


    Henry Seward Hubbard

British Dictionary definitions for materiality


  1. the state or quality of being physical or material
  2. substance; matter
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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."

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