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nonmaterial

(ˌnɒnməˈtɪərɪəl)
adj
of or relating to abstract things such as ideas, values, or feelings, as contrasted with material things like money or possessions
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Adj.1.nonmaterial - not consisting of matter; "immaterial apparitions"; "ghosts and other immaterial entities"
insubstantial, unsubstantial, unreal - lacking material form or substance; unreal; "as insubstantial as a dream"; "an insubstantial mirage on the horizon"
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The GDP can still grow, jobs can still be created, average incomes can still rise, and human living standards will improve (in both material and nonmaterial ways).
At best, according to Gade, the Andes can be defined in contemporary terms as a symbolic mix of material and nonmaterial elements that comprise a particular way of being or approach to the natural surroundings.
By the human spirit I mean that intangible, unmeasureable, invisible, nonmaterial reality which we need in order to live fully human lives.
Rather, there is a celebration of the nonmaterial values of respect, sharing, cooperation, and family and community that are central to Inuit tradition.
To avoid such conflicts, the opinion notes that some law firms have limited investments to an insubstantial percentage of stock and the amount invested in any single client to a nonmaterial sum.
For example, while minimal mind might be what thinks and experiences; robust mind might be a nonmaterial object.
But the challenges are many and can be broadly categorized as material and nonmaterial.
Darwin did not, however, resolve the serious difficulty of explaining what was special about humanity without having to resort to nonmaterial causes.
Together these nonmaterial benefits provided "social interaction in a comfortable atmosphere, escape from the drudgery and worry of tenement and shop, the conferral of collective and individual honors, the safe venting of anger and resolution of disputes, and the sense that the immigrants had their lives under control" (p.
Their scholarship places greater emphasis on such nonmaterial variables as culture, national identity, and international norms than is the case inmost mainstream scholarship.
The resulting "radical pragmatism" builds a bridge toward a Catholicism more sensitive to the natural world and a pragmatism more open to nonmaterial ideals.
What he discusses is a new type of liberalism--he calls it postmaterialism--which addresses the environment, consumer protection, civil rights, and other nonmaterial quality-of-life issues.