im·​ma·​te·​ri·​al | \ ˌi-mə-ˈtir-ē-əl How to pronounce immaterial (audio) \

Definition of immaterial

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

Examples of immaterial in a Sentence

Whether or not he intended to cause problems is immaterial. The fact that she is a woman is immaterial and irrelevant.
Recent Examples on the Web What rhetoric Putin used in his speech is immaterial. David Meyer, Fortune, 9 May 2022 From some of these artists, the reality of cultural and physical boundaries is becoming increasingly immaterial. Marris Adikwu, Vogue, 26 Jan. 2022 But in the lawsuit, the companies claim that the information about the home was immaterial to the project and, therefore, didn’t need to be passed along. John Caniglia, cleveland, 28 Jan. 2022 Pro’s is 120 is largely immaterial to someone with a vision impairment—obviously to a Blind person, but also to someone with low vision like myself. Steven Aquino, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 While these races in these deep blue states are mostly immaterial to the success or failure of the GOP's plot against democracy, big Democratic wins there will auger well for critical gubernatorial elections in the battlegrounds next year. David Faris, The Week, 8 June 2021 But Stewart’s performance makes those things immaterial and the rest of the movie seem all the finer., 3 Nov. 2021 The Cardinals appeared both overmatched and underprepared and were dominated on both sides of the ball throughout a first half that rendered the second half immaterial. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, 7 Sep. 2021 So far, there has always been something new that attracts the crowd’s interest, making the fate of the been-there, done-that stocks immaterial. John S. Tobey, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of immaterial

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for immaterial

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

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“Immaterial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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im·​ma·​te·​ri·​al | \ ˌi-mə-ˈtir-ē-əl How to pronounce immaterial (audio) \

Kids Definition of immaterial

: not important : insignificant The new evidence is immaterial.


im·​ma·​te·​ri·​al | \ ˌi-mə-ˈtir-ē-əl How to pronounce immaterial (audio) \

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 immaterialWillett v. State, 911 S.W.2d 937 (1995) — compare irrelevant

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