Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of no importance or relevance; inconsequential or irrelevant. synonym: irrelevant.
  • adjective Having no material body or form.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Not consisting of matter; not material.
  • Without special significance or importance; of no essential consequence; unimportant.
  • Specifically, in law:
  • Not relevant; having no bearing on the question: as, immaterial evidence.
  • Not absolutely essential to constitute the cause of action or defense: as, an immaterial averment (a statement of unnecessary particulars).
  • Synonyms Unessential, non-essential, insignificant.
  • noun Something not material.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Not consisting of matter; incorporeal; spiritual; disembodied.
  • adjective Of no substantial consequence; without weight or significance; unimportant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Having no matter or substance.
  • adjective Irrelevant.

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

  • adjective without material form or substance
  • adjective not pertinent to the matter under consideration
  • adjective (often followed by `to') lacking importance; not mattering one way or the other
  • adjective not consisting of matter
  • adjective of no importance or relevance especially to a law case

Etymologies

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Examples

  • [NOTE TO SELF, FIND THIS: Sergio Bologna, "Problematiche del lavoro autonomo in Italia" (Part I), Altreragioni, no. 1 (1992), pp. 11-32; discussion of the term immaterial labor on 10-27.]

    What in the hell ...

  • [NOTE TO SELF, FIND THIS: Sergio Bologna, "Problematiche del lavoro autonomo in Italia" (Part I), Altreragioni, no. 1 (1992), pp. 11-32; discussion of the term immaterial labor on 10-27.]

    What in the hell ...

  • [NOTE TO SELF, FIND THIS: Sergio Bologna, "Problematiche del lavoro autonomo in Italia" (Part I), Altreragioni, no. 1 (1992), pp. 11-32; discussion of the term immaterial labor on 10-27.]

    What in the hell ...

  • [NOTE TO SELF, FIND THIS: Sergio Bologna, "Problematiche del lavoro autonomo in Italia" (Part I), Altreragioni, no. 1 (1992), pp. 11-32; discussion of the term immaterial labor on 10-27.]

    What in the hell ...

  • Meanwhile, Mr. Tondato said Autogrill has suffered minimal impact from the ongoing crisis in Japan following the recent earthquake and tsunami, with what he described as an "immaterial decrease" in boarding cards to and from Japan in recent days.

    Autogrill Expands Starbucks Contract

  • Even among people who believe in immaterial concepts like mind, there would be much disagreement over the cause of the concepts.

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  • For someone to imagine the immaterial when neither they nor anyone else has ever experienced the immaterial is rather like trying to imagine a fifth dimension -- it is something so far out of our perception that conceiving of it seems nearly impossible.

    Living in the Material World

  • To say that the human soul, angels, God, are immaterial is to say they are nothings, or that there is no God, no angels, no soul.

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  • One step advanced beyond this, Jerry's uttermost, the folk of Somo, from the contemplation of death, had achieved concepts of the spirits of the dead still living in immaterial and supersensuous realms.

    Chapter 15

  • Even his shingle read: "Ladies 'Tailor: Abramka Stiftik" -- the most valid proof that he deemed his name immaterial, but that the chief thing to him was his art.

    Best Russian Short Stories

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