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n. pl. ma·te·ri·al·i·ties
1. The state or quality of being material.
2. Physical substance; matter.


1. the state or quality of being physical or material
2. substance; matter


(məˌtɪər iˈæl ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties for 2.
1. material nature or quality.
2. something material.
[1520–30; < Medieval Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.materiality - relevance requiring careful consideration
relevance, relevancy - the relation of something to the matter at hand
immateriality - complete irrelevance requiring no further consideration
2.materiality - the quality of being physical; consisting of matter
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
concreteness - the quality of being concrete (not abstract)
palpability, tangibility, tangibleness - the quality of being perceivable by touch
substantiality, substantialness, solidness - the quality of being substantial or having substance
reality - the quality possessed by something that is real
incorporeality, immateriality - the quality of not being physical; not consisting of matter


1. The fact of being related to the matter at hand:
2. That which occupies space and can be perceived by the senses:
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But besides the social objects and material forms as outcomes of skilled activities, there are also inert materialities that escape the study of technical process.
In fact, most engaged in what might be more accurately described as a rematerialization of aesthetics, wherein images composed of paint and canvas were displaced by the different materialities of photographic and textual information.