Definitions

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

  • adv. With regard to the physical world.
  • adv. With regard to matter as distinguished from form.
  • adv. To a significant extent or degree; substantially.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In a material manner; with regard to physical things or characteristics.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In the state of matter.
  • adv. In its essence; substantially.
  • adv. In an important manner or degree; essentially.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • With, in, by, or with reference to matter or material things; from a material point of view; physically: as, to be well provided materially; the state of the country materially considered.
  • As regards matter or substance; not formally; in itself considered.
  • In a material manner; to an important extent or degree; essentially.

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

  • adv. to a significant degree
  • adv. with respect to material aspects

Etymologies

material +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The English version differs very materially from the Latin.

    Notes and Queries, Number 15, February 9, 1850

  • SIR, -- The Dutch painters of the present day differ very materially from the English, not only in their method of manufacturing pictures, but also in their personal appearance.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 10, No. 270, August 25, 1827

  • If, on account of direct or indirect inflation the actual unit costs should differ very materially from the estimated unit costs, it is highly probable that a corresponding variation would occur in the total cost of the project.

    Hydro and the St. Lawrence

  • In the unavoidable absence of official information upon any treaty which might be signed as a result of negotiations during recent months, we have no choice but to assume that the basis for the division of cost of the St. Lawrence project would not differ materially from the basis set out in the treaty of 1932.

    Hydro and the St. Lawrence

  • Yet it was inevitable that the plan and policy of Sir John Macdonald should differ materially from the plan and policy of Mr. Disraeli.

    Imperial Trade and Imperial Defence

  • The doctrine of Calvin and his adherents concerning the Lord's Supper is frequently characterized as a materially modified Zwinglianism.

    Historical Introductions to the Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church

  • The _Romans_ differed materially from the Greeks and the oriental nations in one point with regard to their treatment of women; namely, in never keeping them in a state of seclusion from the society of men: but the husbands were very incommunicative: and it seems at least to have been an

    Female Scripture Biographies, Volume II

  • If there be a trait of American character peculiar to itself, displayed more fully than another by contrast with Europeans, it is in the treatment of the gentler sex, differing as it does materially from the picture of the Englishman, standing with his back to the fire, while the ladies freeze around him; or the glittering politeness of the Frenchman, hovering like a butterfly by the music stand; it has in it more of intellect and real tenderness than either, although tending as it does to the advancement of national character, some of their own talented ones begin to complain that in the refined circles of the States they are becoming almost too civilised in this respect: the ladies requiring rather more than is due to them.

    Sketches and Tales Illustrative of Life in the Backwoods of New Brunswick, North America

  • In the fourth quarter, cash flow was a negative $7.9 million, a level CEO Ara Hovnanian has called "materially better" than in any other period since it began reporting the information five quarters ago.

    Home Builder Stuck in the Basement

  • Turkey, a tuft is left on the very summit of the head.] [Footnote 10: The Turks differ materially from the Persians in their tastes for women, the one admiring corpulency, whilst the latter show greater refinement, and esteem those forms which are mostly prized in

    The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan

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