in·​cor·​po·​re·​al | \ ˌin-(ˌ)kȯr-ˈpȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce incorporeal (audio) \

Definition of incorporeal

1 : not corporeal : having no material body or form
2 : of, relating to, or constituting a right that is based on property (such as bonds or patents) which has no intrinsic value

Other Words from incorporeal

incorporeally \ ˌin-​(ˌ)kȯr-​ˈpȯr-​ē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce incorporeal (audio) \ adverb

Examples of incorporeal in a Sentence

ghosts are supposed to be incorporeal
Recent Examples on the Web 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

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First Known Use of incorporeal

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for incorporeal

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

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“Incorporeal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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in·​cor·​po·​re·​al | \ ˌin-kȯr-ˈpōr-ē-əl How to pronounce incorporeal (audio) \

Legal Definition of incorporeal

: not tangible : having no material body or form incorporeal hereditaments an incorporeal right — compare corporeal

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