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[non-muh-teer-ee-uh l]
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  1. not material or composed of matter.
  2. not involving, seeking, or primarily concerned with riches or material things; involving or concerned with the spiritual, intellectual, or cultural aspects of life.
  3. of or relating to the spirit or soul; spiritual: to minister to a person's nonmaterial needs.
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Origin of nonmaterial

First recorded in 1935–40; non- + material
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for non-material

mystical, spiritual, abstract, esoteric, philosophical, supernatural, abstruse, theoretical, divine, metaphysical, sacred, intangible, holy, devotional, incorporeal, nonmaterial, deep, difficult, eternal, fundamental

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.