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 Goldman was ahead of the pack in cutting exposure and expects any impact on its financial results to be immaterial, people familiar with the matter have said. Benjamin Bain, Fortune, "SEC opens probe into the Archegos trades that clobbered markets," 1 Apr. 2021 Whether observers disagree with Gard or think Davison deserved to be assessed the foul because of his reputation makes for a healthy debate, but in the final analysis is immaterial. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Badgers bolstered by Greg Gard's full-throated defense of Brad Davison," 11 Mar. 2021 The result was largely immaterial for the Mustangs (0-1, 0-1). Patrick Z. Mcgavin,, "Marian Catholic transfer Malik Bell scores team-high 15 points as Metea Valley gets to play a game in loss to unbeaten DeKalb," 27 Feb. 2021 The acquisition is expected to be immaterial to Boston Scientific's adjusted earnings per share in 2021, but will be accretive (by a penny or more) in 2022, and beyond, officials said. Dee Depass, Star Tribune, "Boston Scientific to pay $1B for portable heart-monitor maker in Eagan," 21 Jan. 2021 The half-life of immaterial radiation for most of the waste is around five years. William Levin, National Review, "We Have Time to Prevent Climate Change," 15 Dec. 2020 Whatever the motivation—or olfactive goal—the fact that people are willing to invest time and money in something so immaterial right now is telling. April Long, Town & Country, "Why Now Is the Perfect Time to Craft a Custom Perfume," 13 Dec. 2020 Regal argues the timing of the economic lockdown and the expiration of the ban on evictions are immaterial to the current clash. oregonlive, "Bridgeport Village attempts to terminate lease of Regal Cinema, its largest tenant, for unpaid rent," 1 Dec. 2020 For many casting their votes on Nov. 8, Suu Kyi’s inability to change the constitution, remove the military from politics or deliver clear economic gains ended up being immaterial, or at least secondary to their faith in her. Washington Post, "Suu Kyi’s godlike status drove her Myanmar election win. It threatens to rip the country apart.," 18 Nov. 2020

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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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11 Apr 2021

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“Immaterial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of immaterial

: not important or significant


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

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