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material adjective
1. (substantial) derived from or composed of matter
Antonyms: immaterial
  • "the material universe"
2. directly relevant to a matter especially a law case
Antonyms: immaterial
  • "his support made a material difference"
  • "evidence material to the issue at hand"
  • "facts likely to influence the judgment are called material facts"
  • "a material witness"
3. concerned with worldly rather than spiritual interests
  • "material possessions"
  • "material wealth"
  • "material comforts"
4. concerned with or affecting physical as distinct from intellectual or psychological well-being
  • "material needs"
  • "the moral and material welfare of all good citizens"- T.Roosevelt
material noun
1. (substance) the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object
Related: stuff
  • "coal is a hard black material"
  • "wheat is the stuff they use to make bread"
2. (information) information (data or ideas or observations) that can be used or reworked into a finished form
  • "the archives provided rich material for a definitive biography"
3. (equipment) things needed for doing or making something
  • "writing materials"
  • "useful teaching materials"
4. (applicant) a person judged suitable for admission or employment
  • "he was university material"
  • "she was vice-presidential material"
substantial adjective
1. (material) having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary
Related: real, material
Antonyms: insubstantial
  • "the substantial world"
  • "a mere dream, neither substantial nor practical"
  • "The wind was violent and felt substantial enough to lean against"
fabric noun
1. (artifact) artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers
Related: cloth, material, textile
  • "the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent"
  • "woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC"
  • "she measured off enough material for a dress"
corporeal adjective
1. (bodied) having material or physical form or substance
Related: material
Antonyms: incorporeal
  • "that which is created is of necessity corporeal and visible and tangible" - Benjamin Jowett
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