Definition of material adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtɪəriəl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɪriəl//
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  1. 1  [only before noun] connected with money, possessions, etc. rather than with the needs of the mind or spirit material comforts changes in your material circumstances opposite spiritual
  2. 2  [only before noun] connected with the physical world rather than with the mind or spirit the material world We must allow all material considerations to be taken into account. opposite immaterial
  3. 3(formal or law) important and needing to be considered material evidence material to something She omitted information that was material to the case. see also immaterial
  4. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘relating to matter’): from late Latin materialis, adjective from Latin materia ‘matter’.
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