1. of no essential consequence; unimportant.
  2. not pertinent; irrelevant.
  3. not material; incorporeal; spiritual.


  1. of no real importance; inconsequential
  2. 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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