immaterial

adjective
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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Chris feels it’s immaterial, their right as the police. Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, "In Les Misérables, the Song Remains the Same," 15 Jan. 2020 The fact that Democrats have more ground for complaint is at once provable and practicably immaterial, given how equally wronged both sides feel. The Economist, "Fahrenheit Wisconsin," 18 Dec. 2019 Whether Nikola Jokic heard the noise about his November struggles is immaterial. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Nuggets coach Michael Malone finds new word to describe Nikola Jokic: “Fast”," 15 Dec. 2019 The quid pro quo is immaterial, part of a larger, necessary shift in strategic thinking. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Tucker Carlson Debuts a New Ukrainegate Defense," 4 Dec. 2019 Whether this radical one-man eradication of the boundaries of the rigid British class system would have occurred to Mr. Darcy (or Jane Austen) in 1815 is immaterial. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Review: 'The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley’ is Jane Austen fan fiction in its holiday finery," 19 Nov. 2019 Whether that says more about the Ducks or the Beavers really is immaterial. oregonlive, "While the Ducks stutter-stepped past Oregon State, Utah pulverized another opponent: Issues & Answers," 1 Dec. 2019 The revenue is immaterial to us compared to any risk. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Massive Facebook document leak gives ammunition to investigators," 7 Nov. 2019 Others maintain that this is immaterial to the main charge: Mr Trump did not need to have made the military aid contingent on his political demands for those demands to be wrong. Lexington | Washington, The Economist, "Donald Trump urged Ukraine to investigate the Bidens," 25 Sep. 2019

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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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31 Jan 2020

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“Immaterial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/immaterial. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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immaterial

adjective
How to pronounce immaterial (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of immaterial

: not important or significant

immaterial

adjective
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.

immaterial

adjective
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

Other Words from immaterial

immateriality \ ˌi-​mə-​ˌtir-​ē-​ˈa-​lə-​tē How to pronounce immateriality (audio) \ noun

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