im·​ma·​te·​ri·​al·​i·​ty | \ ˌi-mə-ˌtir-ē-ˈa-lə-tē How to pronounce immateriality (audio) \
plural immaterialities

Definition of immateriality

1 : the quality or state of being immaterial
2 : something immaterial

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Examples of immateriality in a Sentence

the cost of such a lavish affair may be a matter of some immateriality to the wedding planner, but not to the person who has to foot the bill
Recent Examples on the Web Grosse uses industrial spray paint on thin fabric, which is hung, not stretched, giving the painting a kind of liminal immateriality. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, "A Clear Look at Jackson Pollock’s Breakthrough Painting, “Mural”," 29 July 2019 This is a small, quiet show that potently traverses realms of materiality and immateriality, connecting ideas about what’s seen and unseen, and what’s in-between. Gayle Clemans, The Seattle Times, "‘The Veil’ exhibition at Bridge Productions spans ideas of what’s seen and unseen," 7 Aug. 2018 In her immateriality, Melania well represents the status of women under Trump — absent, frozen out, erased from the picture. Rhonda Garelick, The Cut, "Melania’s Recent Behavior Is Right Out of Hitchcock," 11 June 2018 For all their seeming immateriality, the internet and the cloud rely on a vast industrial infrastructure consisting of data centers linked through a sprawling network of fiber optics. James Glanz, New York Times, "How the Internet Kept Humming During 2 Hurricanes," 18 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of immateriality

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Immateriality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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