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

Definition of materiality

1 : the quality or state of being material
2 : something that is material

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preferred a single materiality to a slew of hypotheticals the materiality of that fact is not in dispute
Recent Examples on the Web The proposal would build a materiality qualifier into the definition, allowing the auditor to determine if another portfolio company under the fund is material to the fund. Mark Maurer, WSJ, "SEC Proposes Loosening of Auditor Independence Rules," 30 Dec. 2019 The different ways auditors assess materiality could lead to variation in analyses. Mark Maurer, WSJ, "SEC Proposes Loosening of Auditor Independence Rules," 30 Dec. 2019 Steven Chabinsky, a Washington, D.C., attorney who focuses on privacy and cybersecurity matters, said that such disclosures satisfy the materiality rule. Renee Dudley, ProPublica, "Like Voldemort, Ransomware Is Too Scary to Be Named," 23 Dec. 2019 The materiality of publications made them measurable—number of books shipped and microfilm reels shot. Time, "Why the U.S. Sent Librarians Undercover to Gather Intelligence During World War II," 3 Jan. 2020 Designer Tyson Ness found that his clients were drawn to the style because of its approachability and classic materiality. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "Farmhouse Style Isn’t Going Anywhere, According to Google Trends," 11 Dec. 2019 This was accomplished through materiality and lighting. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "5 Design Tricks Apartment-Dwellers Can Steal from New York's Coolest Spa," 25 Nov. 2019 Never mind the circumstances, motivation or materiality of his falsehoods. Eric Zorn,, "Column: Bill Clinton testified under oath during his scandal, so come on, President Trump, raise your right hand and swear to tell the truth!," 19 Nov. 2019 The analytical techniques taught are put into practice by students investigating the materiality of artworks. Gerard De Kamper, Quartz Africa, "The rising popularity of African art has led to a growing market for forgeries," 23 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of materiality

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 Feb 2020

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“Materiality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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