Immaterial Im`ma*te"ri*al ([i^]m`m[.a]*t[=e]"r[i^]*al), a. [Pref. im- not + material: cf. F. immat['e]riel.] 1. Not consisting of matter; incorporeal; spiritual; disembodied. [1913 Webster]

Angels are spirits immaterial and intellectual. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

2. Of no substantial consequence; without weight or significance; unimportant; as, it is wholly immaterial whether he does so or not.

Syn: Unimportant; inconsequential; insignificant; inconsiderable; trifling. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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