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[im-uh-teer-ee-uh l] /ˌɪm əˈtɪər i əl/

of no essential consequence; unimportant.
not pertinent; irrelevant.
not material; incorporeal; spiritual.
of no real importance; inconsequential
not formed of matter; incorporeal; spiritual

late 14c., “spiritual, incorporeal,” from Medieval Latin immaterialis “not consisting of matter, spiritual,” from assimilated form of in- “not, opposite of” (see in- (1)) + Late Latin materialis (see material). Secondary sense of “unimportant” is first recorded 1690s from material in its 16c. sense of “important.” Related: Immaterially.


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