ma·te·ri·al·i·ty | \mə-ˌtir-ē-ˈa-lə-tē \
plural materialities

Definition of materiality 

1 : the quality or state of being material

2 : something that is material

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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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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 Grief, memory, and materiality are intrinsically intertwined. Luisa Rollenhagen, The Cut, "The Complicated Grief That Comes After a Burglary," 21 Mar. 2018 The materiality of Kennerly’s piece is eye-catching. John King, San Francisco Chronicle, "Dogpatch’s jumble of styles suits once-industrial neighborhood just fine," 19 Jan. 2018 Unlike the digital, streaming media that would eventually replace it, VHS insisted on its own materiality. Jacob Brogan, Slate Magazine, "The Horror of Sadness," 9 Mar. 2017 The constant is an almost endlessly fruitful tension between the abstract appeal of a colored plane and the inevitably concrete materiality of its execution. Will Heinrich, New York Times, "What to See in Los Angeles Art Galleries This Week," 31 Aug. 2017 Among the few, Lagerfeld should be acknowledged for his nuanced interest in craft, design, materiality (and) respectful references. Tony Bravo, San Francisco Chronicle, "Korean fashion to gets its close-up at Asian Art Museum," 26 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of materiality

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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to reject or criticize sharply

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