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material

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of material

  1. 1 relating to or composed of matter there's no material evidence, such as a dead body, that a murder has been committed Synonyms of material concrete, physical, substantial Words Related to material bodily, carnal, corporal, corporeal, embodied, fleshly; apparent, appreciable, detectable, discernible (also discernable), noticeable, observable, palpable, perceptible, seeable, sensible, tangible, touchable, visible; objective, phenomenal; bulky, heavy, hefty, massive, ponderous, solid, weighty Near Antonyms of material bodiless, discarnate, disembodied, formless, incorporeal, unbodied; ethereal, insubstantial, unsubstantial; impalpable, imperceptible, insensible, intangible, invisible, unnoticeable; airy, diaphanous, gossamery, tenuous, thin, vaporous, wispish; metaphysical, spiritual Antonyms of material immaterial, nonmaterial, nonphysical

  2. 2 having great meaning or lasting effect there's no material difference between the two designs for the skyscraper: one's as bad as the other Synonyms of material big, consequential, earthshaking, earth-shattering, eventful, historic, major, important, meaningful, momentous, monumental, much, significant, substantial, tectonic, weightyWords Related to material decisive, fatal, fateful, strategic; earnest, grave, heavy, serious, sincere; distinctive, exceptional, impressive, outstanding, prominent, remarkable; valuable, worthwhile, worthy; distinguished, eminent, great, illustrious, noble, notable, noteworthy, outstanding, preeminent, prestigious; famous, notorious, renowned; all-important, central, critical, crucial, essential, key, pivotal, seminal, vitalNear Antonyms of material paltry, petty, worthless; anonymous, nameless, obscure, uncelebrated, unknownAntonyms of material inconsequential, inconsiderable, insignificant, little, minor, negligible, slight, small, trifling, trivial, unimportant

  3. 3 having to do with life on earth especially as opposed to that in heaven people who worry more about material concerns than about spiritual ones Synonyms of material carnal, earthborn, earthbound, fleshly, earthly, mundane, sublunary, temporal, terrene, terrestrial, worldlyWords Related to material animal, bodily, corporal, corporeal, physical; daily, diurnal; unspiritual; anthropic (or anthropical), anthropocentricNear Antonyms of material celestial, Elysian, empyreal, empyrean, supernal; metaphysical; devotional, divine, religious, sacred, spiritual, utopian; extraterrestrial; ethereal, supernatural, transcendent, transcendentalAntonyms of material heavenly, nontemporal, unearthly, unworldly

  4. 4 having to do with the matter at hand that information, while fascinating, is not material to our discussion Synonyms of material applicable, apposite, apropos, germane, pertinent, pointed, relative, relevantWords Related to material appropriate, apt, fit, fitting, suitable; important, meaningful, significant; sensible, useful; admissible, allowableNear Antonyms of material frivolous, inconsequential, insignificant, little, minor, negligible, slight, trifling, trivial, unimportant; meaningless, purposeless, senseless, useless; inappropriate, inapt, unsuitable; inadmissibleAntonyms of material extraneous, immaterial, impertinent, inapplicable, inapposite, irrelative, irrelevant, pointless

  5. 5 of or relating to the human body material needs such as food and warmth Synonyms of material animal, bodily, carnal, corporal, corporeal, fleshly, physical, somaticWords Related to material anatomic (or anatomical), physiological (or physiologic); sensual, sensuous; hand-to-handNear Antonyms of material cerebral, inner, intellectual, mental, psychological (also psychologic); bodiless, immaterial, incorporeal, insubstantial, spiritual; ethereal, metaphysical, psychic (also psychical)Antonyms of material nonmaterial, nonphysical

Synonym Discussion of material

material, physical, corporeal, phenomenal, sensible, objective mean of or belonging to actuality. material implies formation out of tangible matter; used in contrast with spiritual or ideal it may connote the mundane, crass, or grasping.
    • material values
physical applies to what is perceived directly by the senses and may contrast with mental, spiritual, or imaginary.
    • the physical benefits of exercise
corporeal implies having the tangible qualities of a body such as shape, size, or resistance to force.
    • artists have portrayed angels as corporeal beings
phenomenal applies to what is known or perceived through the senses rather than by intuition or rational deduction.
    • scientists concerned with the phenomenal world
sensible stresses the capability of readily or forcibly impressing the senses.
    • the earth's rotation is not sensible to us
objective may stress material or independent existence apart from a subject perceiving it.
    • no objective evidence of damage

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material

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of material

  1. 1 the basic elements from which something can be developed she's clearly movie star material Synonyms of material making, raw material, stuff, substance, timberWords Related to material possibility, potential, potentiality; matter, metal

  2. 2 usually materials pl  items needed for the performance of a task or activity I have all the materials to build the mobile Synonyms of material accoutrements (or accouterments), apparatus, gear, hardware, kit [chiefly British], equipment(s), matériel (or materiel), outfit, paraphernalia, stuff, tackleWords Related to material accessories, appurtenances, attachments, fittings; baggage, belongings, impedimenta; appliances, facilities, instruments, machinery, tools; apparel, attire, habiliments, raiment, trappings; armamentarium, armory, arsenal, battery; assets, resources



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