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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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 Witnessing the inescapable physical materiality of the body and the blood in a ritual performance cannot help but summon the Christian sacrament of the Eucharist. Los Angeles Times, 9 July 2021 The new rule’s higher threshold for proxy proposal resubmission will also limit collective deliberation by shareholders on emerging ESG issues and therefore limits the dynamism of ESG materiality. Bhakti Mirchandani, Forbes, 28 June 2021 To create sensations and desire driven by materiality and touching. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, 11 June 2021 Its financial materiality matrix identifies which ESG factors are likely to have the most significant impact on a company’s business value drivers of growth, cost, risk and, ultimately, future financial performance. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 9 Mar. 2021 The gestural quality gave this work the look of Abstract Expressionism, but what stood out most for him was the materiality. Jonathon Keats, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021 Dissolving borders of materiality and lucidity is a recurring bit on the album. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, 11 May 2021 If your company has a social impact program and/or an active public policy group, a materiality assessment can be helpful to align your work with the impact your employees, customers, board members, investors, and other stakeholders want to see. Antoine Andrews, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021 Pieces of vintage beadwork and textiles counter this because of their materiality and the presence of a previous history. New York Times, 23 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of materiality

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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1 Aug 2021

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“Materiality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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