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  • adj. Not material; apart from matter

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  • adj. not consisting of matter


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non- +‎ material


  • The vast scope of HAL's operations would imply that even "nonmaterial" off balance sheet arrangements apart from operating leases could still exist and be relatively large in dollar terms, but this is only conjecture.


  • The first four absorption experiences, called rupa, involve a material orientation, whereas the last four, called Arupa, are nonmaterial.

    The Bushman Way of Tracking God

  • Beyond the dimensions of space and time, mathematics inhabits a nonmaterial realm, one that is eternal, unchanging, and ever true.


  • They stood, packed too-tightly together in the autumn sun (many unable to see or hear the event), driven to the District by something inchoate: a material event promising only nonmaterial dividends.

    Adam Chandler: Whither Jon Stewart?

  • The first three laws describe the behavior of the material "half" of reality; the other three describe the behavior of the nonmaterial "half" - i.e., the systems from which all qualities in nature emerge.

    Bill Shireman: What I Learned from My Dead Grandfather

  • Mr. Deutsch's emphasis on the nonmaterial qualities of the mind dovetails with his insistence that progress stems, above all, from human creativity.

    To Err Is Progress

  • And when people begin to think about nonmaterial issues -- about the spiritual significance of death, the possibility of a future life, the notion of eternity and the meaning of personal morals -- they tend to lean toward the view that a life totally without God is not enough.

    God in A British Comeback

  • The Museum of Broken Relationships is an art concept which proceeds from the assumption that objects possess integrated fields - ‘holograms’ of memories and emotions - and intends with its layout to create a space of ‘secure memory’ or ‘protected remembrance’ in order to preserve the material and nonmaterial heritage of broken relationships.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • Macroevolutionary biology propositions directly conflict with the religious tenets of theists who believe that some nonmaterial, personal, and intelligent cause supervised or intervened at points in the history of life.

    Berlinski stirring the pot

  • What we can say for sure is that qi is nonmaterial, and therefore, as TCM suggests, falls under the umbrella of "energy."

    Arthur Rosenfeld: What Is Qi?


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