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 In this case, the way that derivatives trading detaches value from any kind of concrete materiality, though still being dependent on it, in a ghostly way. Cressida Leyshon, The New Yorker, "Jonas Eika on Hope and Defiance," 12 Apr. 2021 Susan Clark, who founded Radnor in 2016 after a three-year stint at the Future Perfect, says the collection stands out because of its materiality and the craft techniques behind it. Bebe Howorth, ELLE Decor, "This New Furniture Collection Has the Exact Three Pieces You Need," 5 Mar. 2021 This means that the materiality is not decisive for the value of gold. Philipp Sandner, Forbes, "What Is Bitcoin? The Discovery Of The First “digital Commodity”," 4 Mar. 2021 However, the value of gold is not determined by its materiality but by its scarcity and the belief in it. Philipp Sandner, Forbes, "What Is Bitcoin? The Discovery Of The First “digital Commodity”," 4 Mar. 2021 To render such intricate lace in a manner that would give it visually tactile materiality, the artist would often do two things. Los Angeles Times, "Review: How does it feel to own a Rembrandt? Or 15 of them? Inside the collectors’ quest," 6 Jan. 2021 Sometimes the materiality itself suggests toughness, tenacity, and determination. Spencer Bailey, Town & Country, "Building a Pillar of Strength: A Reflection on Designing the 9/11 Memorial & Museum," 5 Dec. 2020 From yards of tulle to marbleized latex, this season’s couture pieces showcase the materiality of exceptional beauty, shown against a backdrop of natural majesty. Cody Delistraty, WSJ, "Michael J. Fox’s Miraculous Optimism," 13 Nov. 2020 There are clearly materiality issues with such factors. Jerry Bowyer, National Review, "Reining in the Proxies," 15 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of materiality

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Apr 2021

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“Materiality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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