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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Synonyms & Antonyms for materiality


actuality, case, fact, reality


fantasy (also phantasy), fiction, illusion

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Examples of materiality in a Sentence

preferred a single materiality to a slew of hypotheticals the materiality of that fact is not in dispute

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An Amazon spokesman declined to comment on questions surrounding materiality. Ezequiel Minaya, WSJ, "Amazon May Still See Benefits From Failed New York Courting Process," 15 Feb. 2019 Just as Andy furiously silk-screened, taped, filmed, and collected, editing his reality and keeping the world at bay, we scroll, swipe, and recharge ad infinitum, and reality becomes ever more dissociated from materiality. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "1968 vs. 2018: 50 Years Later Fashion Is Still Playing With the Bohemian Rhapsody of the Late, Tumultuous ’60s," 14 Dec. 2018 This serene house in Coogee, Australia is a beautiful example of how materiality can replace color. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Airy Australian house is indoor-outdoor living at its best," 28 Aug. 2018 The floors are a combination of western oak and travertine, which gives the house a sense of layered materiality. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Brick-and-wood midcentury gem asks $625K," 17 Aug. 2018 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 The film's details may be obscure, but the materiality of the images is palpable and the emotional content unmistakable. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "L’Enfant Secret is so intimate it feels like a confession," 25 May 2018 The artist imagines a space where everything loses its materiality. Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle, "Carlos Cruz-Diez lights up the Cistern with immersive exhibit," 11 Apr. 2018 That said, the materiality of the protectionism depends on the size of the—and extent of the protection, right? WSJ, "Transcript: WSJ Interview With Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic," 30 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of materiality

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of materiality was in 1570

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