Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state or quality of being immaterial.
  • n. Something immaterial.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the state of being immaterial

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state or quality of being immaterial or incorporeal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character or quality of being immaterial or spiritual: as, the immateriality of the soul.
  • n. An immaterial existence or essence; that which is without matter.
  • n. The character of being unimportant, nonessential, or irrelevant.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. complete irrelevance requiring no further consideration
  • n. the quality of not being physical; not consisting of matter

Etymologies

in- +‎ materiality (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In another place he says, "We must necessarily conclude from this alone, that because I exist, and have the idea of immateriality, that is to say, of a most perfect being, the existence is therefore most evidently demonstrated."

    The System of Nature, Volume 2

  • Otherwise Ministers stand the risk of having their decision quashed by the courts on a number od potential grounds, such as immateriality or irrationality.

    Odyssey’s Never Ending Quest for Treasure

  • The human soul is no exception - its "immateriality" is not absolute, but only relative, in the sense that in it the region of clear representation is so much greater than the region of obscure representation that the latter is practically a negligible quantity.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy

  • For ought we know, the principle of life, sensation, memory, and volition _may_ belong to an immaterial substance even in the lower animals, who are not supposed to be immortal; and the only use which we would make of its "immateriality" in connection with its

    Modern Atheism under its forms of Pantheism, Materialism, Secularism, Development, and Natural Laws

  • This research shows that the immateriality of mind is a deep illusion.

    The Yogurt Made Me Do It

  • His observations would not have the poignancy they do, there would not be the tragedy or pathos he leaves as a ghost after his poem if the assumptions of materialism were not juxtaposed with his intuitions of immateriality.

    The Poet Thomas Hardy « Unknowing

  • This is the age of post-postmodernism -- an age of both inoperative language and linguistic reflexivity, of "meaning" as both immaterial material and material immateriality -- and Douglas Kearney pushes hard against all of this by rendering language as active, operative, and indeed a locus for Spectacle.

    Seth Abramson: November 2011 Contemporary Poetry Reviews

  • You misconstrue the significance of McCaulife and the ultimate immateriality of what folks like Herbert write.

    McAuliffe Hosting Unity Event For Obama

  • And I†™ m arguing, finally, that that relationship is one of convergence; that in the strange new world of immateriality toward which the engines of production have long been driving us, we can now at last make out the contours of a more familiar realm of the insubstantial†the realm of games and make-believe.

    inkblurt · Dibbell on the game-reality shift

  • It is still a little bit harder to argue in Asian than in the West, but the current era, despite the rapid industrialization and ‘materialisation’ of East Asia, is undergoing a fundamental shift to immateriality.

    P2P Wiki - Importance of neotraditional approaches in the reconstructive transmodern era

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