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Definition of material adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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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 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. NAmE//məˈtɪriəli//
    adverb Materially they are no better off. Their comments have not materially affected our plans (= in a noticeable or important way).
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