Definitions

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

  • noun The state or quality of being material.
  • noun Physical substance; matter.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or condition of being material; physical constitution or organization; corporeity: as, the old belief in the materiality of heat.
  • noun A material thing; material substance.
  • noun Material character; coarseness; grossness.
  • noun The perception of material substance by the mind; that factor in cognition which is recognized as material.
  • noun The quality of being material; importance; essentiality: as, the materiality of testimony.

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

  • noun The quality or state of being material; material existence; corporeity.
  • noun Importance.

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

  • noun The quality of being material; having a physical existence.
  • noun law The quality of being of consequence to a legal decision.

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

  • noun the quality of being physical; consisting of matter
  • noun relevance requiring careful consideration

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Examples

  • Lemley: The advantage of materiality is flexibility: lets you prove your harm.

    IPSC: Trademark

  • Lemley: Briefly, yes materiality is a standard and not a rule.

    IPSC: Trademark

  • Lemley: The advantage of materiality is flexibility: lets you prove your harm.

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  • McKenna: Proof of materiality is likely to have a disproportionate effect in screening out claims against noncommercial speech, actually.

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  • McKenna: Proof of materiality is likely to have a disproportionate effect in screening out claims against noncommercial speech, actually.

    IPSC: Trademark

  • Lemley: Briefly, yes materiality is a standard and not a rule.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • Although a trace of the earth's materiality is evident in the ancient temple's marble and in the natural environment which surrounds it, nature's physis is completely subsumed in the painting by the shoes 'utility, the peasant woman's world, and the decontextualized nature of the art object itself.

    Blake, Heidegger, Buddhism, and Deep Ecology: A Fourfold Perspective on Humanity's Relationship to Nature

  • The Power Aware Cord represents a different approach to green design - one not necessarily rooted in materiality, but focused on user experience and the visual representation of relevant issues.

    POWER AWARE CORD by STATIC! | Inhabitat

  • The anticlimactic sinewave of which de Man's notion of materiality is part is tonal evidence for how de Man reception might interpret it: the message of the larger narrative is that we are (only) what we are, that the world is what it is — which is not to say that we know what it is.

    Seeing Is Reading

  • I can tell, the Cohen-Cohen-Miller angle on materiality is the wrong end of materialist criticism: it retranscendentalizes materialism rather than understanding materialism as something that detranscendentalizes form.

    Seeing Is Reading

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