in·​cor·​po·​re·​al ˌin-(ˌ)kȯr-ˈpȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce incorporeal (audio)
: not corporeal : having no material body or form
: of, relating to, or constituting a right that is based on property (such as bonds or patents) which has no intrinsic value
incorporeally adverb

Examples of incorporeal in a Sentence

ghosts are supposed to be incorporeal
Recent Examples on the Web If reason teaches that God is incorporeal, this means that God has no body; God does not physically see, nor do people see God. Randy L. Friedman, The Conversation, 16 Feb. 2024 The digital files are incorporeal., 9 June 2021 The network is incorporeal. J.m. Ledgard, Wired, 12 May 2021 After all, if someone can live without a brain, this would seem to open the door to belief in an incorporeal soul. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 27 Jan. 2020 Their physical bodies — and your own — get entangled with those pictorial references to bodily experience, bringing a ghostly, incorporeal picture home. Christopher Knightart Critic, Los Angeles Times, 21 Mar. 2022 Apart from the incorporeal fence through which my virtual car glides, the experience is a compelling facsimile of the world. Alex Davies, WIRED, 18 July 2019 But after the away team meets the Guardian of Forever, an incorporeal lifeform tasked with guarding a time gateway, the show takes a more interesting turn. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, 29 June 2018 See More

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Word History


Middle English incorporealle, from Anglo-French incorporel, from Latin incorporeus, from in- + corporeus corporeal

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of incorporeal was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Incorporeal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


in·​cor·​po·​re·​al ˌin-(ˌ)kȯr-ˈpōr-ē-əl How to pronounce incorporeal (audio)
: having no material body or form : immaterial

Legal Definition


in·​cor·​po·​re·​al ˌin-kȯr-ˈpōr-ē-əl How to pronounce incorporeal (audio)
: not tangible : having no material body or form
incorporeal hereditaments
an incorporeal right
compare corporeal

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