nonmaterial

adjective non·ma·te·ri·al \ ˌnän-mə-ˈtir-ē-əl \

Definition of nonmaterial

: not material: such as
a : not of a physical nature : mental, conceptual, or spiritual rather than physical
  • nonmaterial values
  • [William F.] Ogburn distinguished between material culture (factories, machines, munitions, clothing, and so on) and nonmaterial culture (values, attitudes, customs, institutions, etc.), and emphasized the different ways in which they change.
  • —Gerald R. Leslie and Sheila K. Korman
  • An ordinary will or last testament mainly concerns the disposition of your material possessions at death. An ethical will has to do with nonmaterial gifts: the values and life lessons that you wish to leave to others.
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b law : not having real importance or great consequences
  • a nonmaterial breach of contract

First Known Use of nonmaterial

1847

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