ma·​te·​ri·​al·​i·​ty mə-ˌtir-ē-ˈa-lə-tē How to pronounce materiality (audio)
plural materialities
: the quality or state of being material
: something that is material

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 home office is right beside the bedroom and incorporates the same themes of materiality and color. Kimberley Mok, Treehugger, 29 Aug. 2023 Of the authors' five suggestions, these three stood out to me: —Don’t just make a materiality analysis or sustainability report—integrate ESG into your overall corporate strategy. Peter Vanham, Fortune, 24 Aug. 2023 Even for those who can't tell a sconce from a suspender, the South Carolina native's sumptuous Slow Cal–inflected aesthetic is easy to spot, thanks to its surprise-and-delight intermixing of color, texture, and materiality along with an unwavering sense of place. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 Aug. 2023 The forthcoming disclosure regulations from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission focus on single materiality, covering just how the climate affects a company’s financial prospects. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 2 June 2023 The project is a powerful commentary on materiality and history, a case study in how to work with historical conflicts in the spatial realm. Kate Wagner, Curbed, 8 Mar. 2023 Rich materiality and light-toned, neutral finishes allow residents to get creative with their decor and add personal touches through their choices of furniture, accessories and art. Roger Sands, Forbes, 5 Feb. 2023 Regulators and policymakers might ask, reasonably so, how significant are stablecoin payments and transfers in the global context; the lack of materiality had been cited as to why financial accounting standards have been so long in coming. Sean Stein Smith, Forbes, 16 July 2023 The move toward materiality and immediacy can be seen throughout the tech world in existing giants like Instagram—which has sought to replicate TikTok through features like Reels—and emergent categories like wearables that aim to technologize our bodies for profit. WIRED, 6 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of materiality was in 1570

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“Materiality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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