1. Consisting of matter; not spiritual; corporeal; physical; as, material
stuff or bodies. "The material elements
of the universe." (Whewell)
2. Hence: Pertaining to, or affecting, the physical character
of man, as distinguished from the mental
character; relating to the bodily
wants, interests, and comforts.
3. Of solid
or weighty nature; not insubstantial; of cinsequence; not be dispensed with; significant. "Discourse, which was always material, never trifling." (Evelyn) "I shall, in the account of simple
ideas, set down
only such as are most material
to our gift purpose." (Locke)
4. Pertaining to the matter, as opposed to the form, of a thing. See Matter. Material reason. See Reason. Material evidence, evidence which conduces to the proof or disproof of a relevant hypothesis.
Synonym: Corporeal, bodily, significant, weighty, momentous, essential.
Origin: L. Materialis, fr. Materia substance, matter: cf. F. Materiel. See Matter, and cf. Materiel.
Source: Websters Vocabulary