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A metaphysical doctrine denying the existence of matter.

im′ma·te′ri·al·ist adj. & n.
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1. (Philosophy) the doctrine that the material world exists only in the mind
2. (Philosophy) the doctrine that only immaterial substances or spiritual beings exist. See also idealism3
ˌimmaˈterialist n
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(ˌɪm əˈtɪər i əˌlɪz əm)

a doctrine that there is no material world, but that all things exist only in and for the mind.
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the belief that material things have no objective existence but exist only as mental perceptions. — immaterialist, n.immaterial, adj.
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(13) Alexander holds a middle position with respect to the current debate between the materialists and immaterialists concerning Aristotle's theory of perception.
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