V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
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Definition: 1. relevant or important; 2. relating to physical human needs, as opposed to emotional or spiritual needs; 3. relating to the physical and tangible
Synonyms: relevant, important, pertinent, significant, substantial, physical, concrete, tangible, palpable
Antonyms: immaterial, insignificant, irrelevant, impertinent, intangible
Tips: The word material is often used in a court of law, when referring to a very important witness, someone who can substantially contribute to the case. This type of person is called a "material witness." If something is immaterial, it is unimportant or insignificant to the case or issue at hand. If you are a "material girl or guy," you are only interested in physical things like a nice house, car, jewelry, clothes, shoes etc.
The information you've given me is not material to this case. (relevant, important)
He's only concerned about material wealth and judges people by how much money they make. (physical, tangible)
I was a material witness in the case against him. (important, significant)
This research is immaterial; it has nothing to do with the issue at hand. (irrelevant, impertinent, not important)
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