immaterial

adjective im·ma·te·ri·al \ ˌi-mə-ˈtir-ē-əl \

Definition of immaterial

1 :not consisting of matter :incorporeal
2 :of no substantial consequence :unimportant

Examples of immaterial in a Sentence

  1. Whether or not he intended to cause problems is immaterial.

  2. The fact that she is a woman is immaterial and irrelevant.

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Origin and Etymology of immaterial

Middle English immaterial, from Late Latin immaterialis, from Latin in- + Late Latin materialis material


IMMATERIAL Defined for English Language Learners

immaterial

adjective

Definition of immaterial for English Language Learners

  • : not important or significant


IMMATERIAL Defined for Kids

immaterial

adjective im·ma·te·ri·al \ ˌi-mə-ˈtir-ē-əl \

Definition of immaterial for Students

:not important :insignificant
  • The new evidence is immaterial.

Law Dictionary

immaterial

adjective im·ma·te·ri·al \ ˌi-mə-ˈtir-ē-əl \

legal Definition of immaterial

:not essential, pertinent, or of consequence
  • the jury could have discounted the medical history evidence, or while accepting its accuracy, found it immaterial
  • Willett v. State, 911 S.W.2d 937 (1995)
— compare irrelevant

immateriality

play \ˌi-mə-ˌtir-ē-ˈa-lə-tē\ noun


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