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 Whether someone talked to James or James came to a much more reasoned conclusion is immaterial. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Opinion: LeBron James finally does right thing after letting fans know they are No. 1," 11 Mar. 2020 There's nothing gimmicky about the casting, and despite some homoerotic flirting between Hamlet and the opportunistic Rosencrantz and Guildernstern (Barry McKiernan, Shane O'Reilly), Negga's gender becomes mostly immaterial to the performance. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Hamlet': Theater Review," 11 Feb. 2020 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,, "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

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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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27 Mar 2020

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“Immaterial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Apr. 2020.

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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.


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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 immateriality (audio) \ noun

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