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n. pl. ma·te·ri·al·i·ties
1. The state or quality of being material.
2. Physical substance; matter.
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1. the state or quality of being physical or material
2. substance; matter
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(məˌtɪər iˈæl ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties for 2.
1. material nature or quality.
2. something material.
[1520–30; < Medieval Latin]
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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
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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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