materiality

noun
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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms & Antonyms for materiality

Synonyms

actuality, case, fact, reality

Antonyms

fantasy (also phantasy), fiction, illusion

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of materiality in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples on the Web

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 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'materiality.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of materiality

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about materiality

Share materiality

Statistics for materiality

Last Updated

15 Dec 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for materiality

The first known use of materiality was in 1570

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on materiality

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for materiality

Comments on materiality

What made you want to look up materiality? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

important, real, or meaningful

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three-bears-two-of-them-look-like-theyre-whispering-to-a-third-bear-who-looks-chuffed-to-be-the-center-of-attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!