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material

adjective

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.

Usage Examples:

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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