[non-muh-teer-ee-uh l]


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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for non-material

Contemporary Examples of non-material

  • Mars in your non-material sector is forging new solo ventures.

    The Daily Beast logo
    The Stars Predict Your Week

    Starsky + Cox

    September 24, 2011

  • Mercury mashing up with the Sun and Venus in your non-material sector can make even skeptical you a believer in unseen guidance.

    The Daily Beast logo
    What the Stars Hold for Your Week

    Starsky + Cox

    August 6, 2011

Historical Examples of non-material

  • 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.