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

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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.

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Whether Dolphin was involved with any of these boys or not was immaterial. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Brett Kavanaugh and the hidden cost of male bonding," 26 Sep. 2018 The convergence of things that doomed the Republicans in 2006 may be immaterial this year. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Storm clouds gather for GOP as midterms approach – but forecast isn’t clear," 22 Aug. 2018 Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons are ripe, and so, as long as the player wasn’t a rental, the price was immaterial. Marcus Hayes,, "Sixers went all in to land LeBron James, and should do the same for Kawhi Leonard | Marcus Hayes," 1 July 2018 That sharing produces both immaterial value for the individual and brand exposure for the retailer. Courtney Coffman, The Atlantic, "Shops Aren’t for Shopping Anymore," 19 June 2018 But the object that casts the shadow is unremarkable, a shape less real than the immaterial image. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "‘Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now’ Review: Tracing the Shadows of Past and Present," 13 June 2018 For Brooks no less than Eisenhower, the actual theology or spiritual content of religion is immaterial. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "David Brooks needs a name for his new religion.," 13 June 2018 While Oladipo worked painstakingly to avoid Cleveland’s pick-and-roll traps, James operated as if the defense were immaterial. Rob Mahoney,, "LeBron James Saves a Season on the Brink," 26 Apr. 2018 But whatever good work the league has done has been negated by team owners, who time and again have sent the message that women’s lives are immaterial if their abusers are key contributors on the field. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "49ers put Reuben Foster, and rest of NFL, on notice about domestic violence," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of immaterial

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for immaterial

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

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English Language Learners Definition of immaterial

: not important or significant


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

Kids Definition of immaterial

: not important : insignificant The new evidence is immaterial.


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

Other Words from immaterial

immateriality \ˌi-​mə-​ˌtir-​ē-​ˈa-​lə-​tē \ noun

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