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1. Lacking material form or substance.
2. Law Of or relating to property or an asset that cannot be physically possessed, as a right or patent.

[Middle English incorporealle, from Latin incorporeus : in-, not; see in-1 + corporeus, consisting of a body; see corporeal.]

in′cor·po′re·al′i·ty (-ăl′ĭ-tē) n.
in′cor·po′re·al·ly adv.


1. without material form, body, or substance
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) spiritual or metaphysical
3. (Law) law having no material existence but existing by reason of its annexation of something material, such as an easement, touchline, copyright, etc: an incorporeal hereditament.
ˌincorˈporeally adv
incorporeity, ˌincorporeˈality n


(ˌɪn kɔrˈpɔr i əl, -ˈpoʊr-)

1. not corporeal or material; insubstantial.
2. having no material value but giving evidence of value, as a franchise.
[1525–35; < Latin incorpore(us) + -al1. See in-3, corporeal]
in`cor•po`re•al′i•ty, n.
in`cor•po′re•al•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.incorporeal - without material form or substance; "an incorporeal spirit"
unbodied - having no body
corporeal, material - having material or physical form or substance; "that which is created is of necessity corporeal and visible and tangible" - Benjamin Jowett




[ˌɪnkɔːpɔːrɪəl] ADJ (liter) → incorpóreo


References in classic literature ?
Some of them struck me as singularly odd compounds of ardour and flatness; commencing in strong feeling, and concluding in the affected, wordy style that a schoolboy might use to a fancied, incorporeal sweetheart.
Thus incorporeal Spirits to smallest forms Reduc'd thir shapes immense, and were at large, Though without number still amidst the Hall Of that infernal Court.
Athelny spoke of the mystical writers of Spain, of Teresa de Avila, San Juan de la Cruz, Fray Luis de Leon; in all of them was that passion for the unseen which Philip felt in the pictures of El Greco: they seemed to have the power to touch the incorporeal and see the invisible.
In that hour she repeated what the merciful eyes of solitude have looked on for ages in the spiritual struggles of man-- she besought hardness and coldness and aching weariness to bring her relief from the mysterious incorporeal might of her anguish: she lay on the bare floor and let the night grow cold around her; while her grand woman's frame was shaken by sobs as if she had been a despairing child.
Or, tell me, Doctor, do you have no apprehension in an earthquake that that incorporeal body of yours will be hit by an immaterial brick?
27) The forms are incorporeal, intelligible realities, which are other than, unconditioned by, and causally prior to their sensible instances.
26) However, for it to be such a cause, that is, a cause both as defining a body and as the source of the body's existence,(27) place qua boundary has to be more than corporeal, given Iamblichus's premise (doubtless derived from Plotinus) that "everywhere the incorporeal reality ranks an Prior to the corporeal one.
4) Incorporeal divine men of Antiquity are contrasted with ordinary men of today, who take themselves for worthies (cf.
God is supreme, independent of nature, and incorporeal.
Augustine of Hippo's theory of vision, the first level of vision, corporeal, occurred when "one sees the incorporeal through natural optical perception" (354-430).
15) In her opinion, the indeterminacy of the supernal world can only be represented by a more incorporeal substance that is capable of penetrating everywhere, such as "breath" or "light" which in Sirk's film has coalesced into the notion of electrical flow.
In 1936, he had explained: 'To me God is a pure spirit, incorporeal, but try as I may I fail to conceive the immaterial without in some way giving it material form'.