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Synonyms and Antonyms of material

  1. 1 relating to or composed of matter <there's no material evidence, such as a dead body, that a murder has been committed> Synonyms concrete, physical, substantial Related Words bodily, carnal, corporal, corporeal, embodied, fleshly; apparent, appreciable, detectable, discernible (also discernable), noticeable, observable, palpable, perceptible, seeable, sensible, tangible, touchable, visible; objective, phenomenal; bulky, heavy, hefty, massive, ponderous, solid, weighty Near Antonyms bodiless, discarnate, disembodied, formless, incorporeal, unbodied; ethereal, insubstantial, unsubstantial; impalpable, imperceptible, insensible, intangible, invisible, unnoticeable; airy, diaphanous, gossamery, tenuous, thin, vaporous, wispish; metaphysical, spiritual Antonyms immaterial, nonmaterial, nonphysical

  2. 2 having great meaning or lasting effect <there's no material difference between the two designs for the skyscraper: one's as bad as the other> Synonyms big, consequential, earthshaking, earth-shattering, eventful, historic, major, important, meaningful, momentous, monumental, much, significant, substantial, tectonic, weightyRelated Words decisive, fatal, fateful, strategic; earnest, grave, heavy, serious, sincere; distinctive, exceptional, impressive, outstanding, prominent, remarkable; valuable, worthwhile, worthy; distinguished, eminent, great, illustrious, noble, notable, noteworthy, outstanding, preeminent, prestigious; famous, notorious, renowned; all-important, central, critical, crucial, essential, key, pivotal, seminal, vitalNear Antonyms paltry, petty, worthless; anonymous, nameless, obscure, uncelebrated, unknownAntonyms inconsequential, inconsiderable, insignificant, little, minor, negligible, slight, small, trifling, trivial, unimportant

  3. 3 having to do with life on earth especially as opposed to that in heaven <people who worry more about material concerns than about spiritual ones> Synonyms carnal, earthborn, earthbound, fleshly, earthly, mundane, sublunary, temporal, terrene, terrestrial, worldlyRelated Words animal, bodily, corporal, corporeal, physical; daily, diurnal; unspiritual; anthropic (or anthropical), anthropocentricNear Antonyms celestial, Elysian, empyreal, empyrean, supernal; metaphysical; devotional, divine, religious, sacred, spiritual, utopian; extraterrestrial; ethereal, supernatural, transcendent, transcendentalAntonyms heavenly, nontemporal, unearthly, unworldly

  4. 4 having to do with the matter at hand <that information, while fascinating, is not material to our discussion> Synonyms applicable, apposite, apropos, germane, pertinent, pointed, relative, relevantRelated Words appropriate, apt, fit, fitting, suitable; important, meaningful, significant; sensible, useful; admissible, allowableNear Antonyms frivolous, inconsequential, insignificant, little, minor, negligible, slight, trifling, trivial, unimportant; meaningless, purposeless, senseless, useless; inappropriate, inapt, unsuitable; inadmissibleAntonyms extraneous, immaterial, impertinent, inapplicable, inapposite, irrelative, irrelevant, pointless

  5. 5 of or relating to the human body <material needs such as food and warmth> Synonyms animal, bodily, carnal, corporal, corporeal, fleshly, physical, somaticRelated Words anatomic (or anatomical), physiological (or physiologic); sensual, sensuous; hand-to-handNear Antonyms cerebral, inner, intellectual, mental, psychological (also psychologic); bodiless, immaterial, incorporeal, insubstantial, spiritual; ethereal, metaphysical, psychic (also psychical)Antonyms nonmaterial, nonphysical



Synonyms and Antonyms of material

  1. 1 the basic elements from which something can be developed <she's clearly movie star material> Synonyms making, raw material, stuff, substance, timberRelated Words possibility, potential, potentiality; matter, metal

  2. 2 usually materials pl  items needed for the performance of a task or activity <I have all the materials to build the mobile> Synonyms accoutrements (or accouterments), apparatus, gear, hardware, kit [chiefly British], equipment(s), matériel (or materiel), outfit, paraphernalia, stuff, tackleRelated Words accessories, appurtenances, attachments, fittings; baggage, belongings, impedimenta; appliances, facilities, instruments, machinery, tools; apparel, attire, habiliments, raiment, trappings; armamentarium, armory, arsenal, battery; assets, resources

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