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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Late Latin
Origin: materialis, from Latin materia; MATTER1

material

2 adjective
     
Related topics: Law
material2 W3 [usually before noun]
1 relating to your money, possessions, living conditions etc, rather than the needs of your mind or soul [≠ spiritual]
material goods/possessions/wealth etc
The spiritual life is more important than material possessions.
a society that places high importance on material rewards
2 relating to the real world and physical objects, rather than religious or spiritual things:
According to some, the material world is all that exists.
3 lawSCL important and needing to be considered when making a decision:
material evidence
material to
facts material to the investigation
4 formal important and having a noticeable effect:
material changes to the schedule

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