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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.incorporeality - the quality of not being physical; not consisting of matter
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
impalpability, intangibility, intangibleness - the quality of being intangible and not perceptible by touch
insubstantiality - lacking substance or reality
abstractness - the quality of being considered apart from a specific instance or object
unreality - the quality possessed by something that is unreal
corporality, corporeality, physicalness, materiality - the quality of being physical; consisting of matter
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Yvette Kisor, in "Incorporeality and Transformation in The Lord of the Rings," contrasts incorporeality and invisibility, asserting that they are in fact quite different: fading or invisible things in Tolkien in fact retain their corporeality.
Individual topics include examinations of the unhealed wounds of Frodo Baggins, incorporeality and transformation, Frodo's body luminality, health and ecology in the context of war; orc bodies' relationship with perversion and redemption, female bodies and femininities, a body of myth representing Sauron, Tolkien and the female bodies, the gifting economy of Middle-earth; and physicality in The Hobbit.
Only the adult is designated by a name, thus adding to the sense of incorporeality, of unreality, of Michael's childhood self, and the substantiality of the narrating adult.
In other words, there may be no reliable factual basis for the figures created by the two friends, yet their spectrality--even their necessary incorporeality as "shades"--cannot be summarily divorced from the latent fleshly tissue that lines all intramundane encounters.
Wolfson, "Maimonides on the Unity and Incorporeality of God", The Jewish Quarterly Review, New Series, 56:2 (1965) pp.
We are haunted by zombies because we experience embodiment as a drag against the internet-induced fantasy of incorporeality.
Nevertheless, he preferred to proceed in the Mishneh Torah on the premise of the eternity of the universe and the proof of a first mover because it was a solid proof and a foundation for the principles of God's oneness and incorporeality.
Thomas argue that the human person has an immaterial part on the basis of their intuitions that contemplation and abstract thought are not the sorts of things that require matter or in which matter could play any role, as well as on the basis of a sort of phenomenological analysis of the incorporeality of the experience of intellection.
But more than that, Serote reconfigures the existence of the dead in the imagination of the living by asserting that even in their incorporeality and transition to the metaphysical spatiality, they, contrary to popular assumption, owe their origin to the world of the living, the postcolonial nation-state.
105) As a result, Newton and his successors continued to struggle with the unresolved possibilities of a universal spiritual agent, which, as Dobbs highlights, "Newton apparently conceived as quasi-material inhabitants of the grey area between the complete incorporeality of God and the full solidity of body.
66), Pier delle Vigne's acknowledgment of his perpetual separation from his body, the issues of incorporeality in terms of the failed embraces with Casella and Statius in Purgatory, etc.