Immaterial is a pretty challenging word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of immaterial, followed by 39 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - without material form or substance
EXAMPLES - Immaterial in a Sentence
- The most recent race is kind of immaterial to this one. (source)
- This need of the immaterial is the most deeply rooted of all needs. (source)
- The deaths of 29 miners will be "immaterial" to Massey's bottom line. (source)
- But the judge added that Semo's motivations for marriage were "immaterial", concluding: (source)
- There is no bridge my mind can throw from the "immaterial" cause to the "material" effect. (source)
- The judge said it was "immaterial" whether the details were recited by Jones or his attorney. (source)
- The criteria of a past performance of leisure therefore commonly take the form of "immaterial" goods. (source)
- Sirs et Madams..whether or not you like Van Halen or Sammy Hagar is kind of immaterial to the following. (source)
- Mr Lintott said the age of the aircraft was "immaterial" and there was no risk in continuing to fly them. (source)
- OpEdNews - Article: Judge says false dynamite testimony by police "immaterial" in Omaha Black Panther case (source)
- The Italian insurer said exposure to U.S. subprime is "immaterial" and that it has no off-balance-sheet conduits. (source)
- A Goldman spokesman says the firm's exposure to AIG is "immaterial" and its positions are supported by collateral. (source)
- Tiny Tillia (baby care) earlier this year which the company admitted were "immaterial" because of their small size. (source)
- Light produces both immaterial and substantial lights, such as immaterial intellects (angels), human and animal souls. (source)
- Even among people who believe in immaterial concepts like mind, there would be much disagreement over the cause of the concepts. (source)
- To say that the human soul, angels, God, are immaterial is to say they are nothings, or that there is no God, no angels, no soul. (source)
- I mean, what are the descriptive characteristics of an "immaterial" object, as opposed to a bunch of roundabout ways of saying "not like a material object?" (source)
- RBC said the financial impact of the agreement on Sirius will likely be "immaterial" since the number of S50 devices sold will probably reach only 1 million. (source)
- Even his shingle read: "Ladies 'Tailor: Abramka Stiftik" -- the most valid proof that he deemed his name immaterial, but that the chief thing to him was his art. (source)
- The appeal also questioned the ruling by Gierlicz, who deemed the bid protests "immaterial" because the initial tabulations of the low bidder were done in "error." (source)
- For what it's worth, CFO Patrick Pichette stated that revenue from China was "immaterial," noting that Google's 65% U.S. market-share was where the company printed its cash. (source)
- I am not sure how one can be an adamant atheist in the ilk of Dawkins, etc. and still hold some belief in any kind of immaterial existence that has regulative power over experience. (source)
- "I am not sure how one can be an adamant atheist in the ilk of Dawkins, etc. and still hold some belief in any kind of immaterial existence that has regulative power over experience." (source)
- [NOTE TO SELF, FIND THIS: Sergio Bologna, "Problematiche del lavoro autonomo in Italia" (Part I), Altreragioni, no. 1 (1992), pp. 11-32; discussion of the term immaterial labor on 10-27.] (source)
- I dislike Bill's puritanical inquisitors as much as they do, but attacking them, attacking the charges of sexual harassment and rape as "immaterial" to his impeachment, isn't going to cut it anymore. (source)
- No: it exists here together with the things of the universe, identical with them, making a unity with them; and the collective knowledge [in the divine mind] of the immaterial is the universe of things. (source)
- He distinguishes two kinds of intelligence in man, the one material in the sense of being dependent on, and influenced by, the body, and the other immaterial, that is, independent of the bodily organism. (source)
- Back in 2006, when Synthes disclosed that the Justice Department had launched an investigation into unapproved use of Norian XR, the company said the product had "immaterial" sales when it was still sold. (source)
- The evidence proves that there is no instinctive repugnance felt universally by man to marriage within the prohibited degrees, but that its present strength is mainly due to what I may call immaterial considerations. (source)
- The temporal interests of all the several parts of the Union are, then, intimately connected; and the same assertion holds true respecting those opinions and sentiments which may be termed the immaterial interests of men. (source)
- The move falls in line with Astella's recently announced commitment to strengthen its vaccines business in Japan, and the group said that the impact of the deal is "immaterial" to its forecasts for the current fiscal year. (source)
- To solve your free will problem, you suggest a solution which you have no evidence for (the existence of an immaterial soul), based on a fundamental assumption you also have no evidence for (that there are or can be "immaterial" things). (source)
- The concept of "immaterial" as applied to the soul in theological applications of this form of dualism would assert that the soul is not composed of matter, energy or any combination of matter and energy as we know them in the physical world. (source)
- Meanwhile, Mr. Tondato said Autogrill has suffered minimal impact from the ongoing crisis in Japan following the recent earthquake and tsunami, with what he described as an "immaterial decrease" in boarding cards to and from Japan in recent days. (source)
- For someone to imagine the immaterial when neither they nor anyone else has ever experienced the immaterial is rather like trying to imagine a fifth dimension -- it is something so far out of our perception that conceiving of it seems nearly impossible. (source)
- According to him and his kind (species?), science deals only with the MATERIAL world, and cannot address things that are "immaterial" (their conveniently avoiding any real definition of "material" and "immaterial" not being of any consequence, of course). (source)
- China itself does not subscribe to international environmental frameworks - fair enough if the government, corporations and policy banks, promoted an equitable socio-ecological framework lending to political and civil 'immaterial' rights as well as that of economic, social and cultural rigts. (source)
- I merely make the point that I think people are using the term 'immaterial' thoughtlessly, that it might be an outdated idea, because if a thing is truly immaterial, how can it ever have any empirical effect, and if it is truly immaterial, then in what sense does it exist as opposed to not existing? (source)
- To walk into an opera house is to defy both the hyperelitist strictures of Samuel Beckett (who called it "a hideous corruption" of music because it imposed the specificity of language on an abstract and "immaterial" flow of notes) and the Bronx cheers of Bugs Bunny (nobody who's ever seen "What's Opera, Doc?" will ever get rid of the image of Bugs with Brunnhilde's braids). (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 39 example sentences provided below is 48.0, which suggests that "immaterial" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 23 synonyms for immaterial.
extraneous, foreign, impertinent, inapplicable, inapposite, inappropriate, inconsequential, inconsiderable, inconsiderate, inessential, insignificant, irrelative, matter of indifference, meaningless, no big deal, no never mind, of no account, of no consequence, of no importance, trifling, trivial, unimportant, unnecessary
We have 14 antonyms for immaterial.
bodily, essential, important, material, meaningful, physical, real, relevant, significant, solid, substantial, useful, valuable, worthwhile
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of immaterial from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Of no importance or relevance; inconsequential or irrelevant.
- (adjective) Having no material body or form.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) Having no matter or substance.
- (adjective) Irrelevant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Not consisting of matter; incorporeal; spiritual; disembodied.
- (adjective) Of no substantial consequence; without weight or significance; unimportant.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Not consisting of matter; not material.
- (None) Without special significance or importance; of no essential consequence; unimportant.
- (None) Specifically, in law:
- (None) Not relevant; having no bearing on the question: as, immaterial evidence.
- (None) Not absolutely essential to constitute the cause of action or defense: as, an immaterial averment (a statement of unnecessary particulars).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) without material form or substance
- (adjective) not pertinent to the matter under consideration
- (adjective) (often followed by `to') lacking importance; not mattering one way or the other
- (adjective) not consisting of matter
- (adjective) of no importance or relevance especially to a law case