Adjective "immaterial" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Unimportant under the circumstances; irrelevant.
  1. 'Since, as you say, it's immaterial to the evidence she would introduce, why can't you tell us whether she is or isn't?'
  2. 'Wins and losses, for any sport, are ultimately immaterial in considering the value of an athletic program.'
  3. 'The locality of the registration is immaterial - 90 per cent of people here drive badly or atrociously.'
  4. 'He's going to have an inconsistency, be it material or immaterial.'
  5. 'Whether they are right or not about their goal (and I think they were wrong) is immaterial.'
  6. 'Therefore, while regrettable, the omission in my view is immaterial in these circumstances.'
  7. 'The event, the fourth of its kind, is open to all: age, language, gender and sexual orientation are immaterial.'
  8. 'Far from immaterial, such a question is particularly relevant.'
  9. 'So the government says this is all irrelevant and immaterial.'
  10. 'That the candidate also had significant executive branch experience and helped remake whole areas of the law was immaterial.'
Spiritual, rather than physical.
  1. 'For fear of saying such things, people in the past invented the notion of an immaterial soul, but Schopenhauer will have none of that.'
  2. 'Even if immaterial souls do not exist, there is good reason not to identify the deaths of people with the deaths of their bodies.'
  3. 'Epicurus rejected the existence of Platonic forms and an immaterial soul, and he said that the gods have no influence on our lives.'


1. of no essential consequence; unimportant.

2. not pertinent; irrelevant.

3. not material; incorporeal; spiritual.

More examples(as adjective)

"rights can be immaterial for purposes."

"quarrels can be immaterial to plans."

"losses can be immaterial to earningses."

"facts can be immaterial to people."

"effects can be immaterial in/at/on ways."

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Late Middle English (in immaterial (sense 2)): from late Latin immaterialis, from in- ‘not’ + materialis ‘relating to matter’.