Meaning of non-material in English:



  • 1Not having a physical or material form.

    ‘while e-texts are non-material, they must be read through a material object’
    • ‘The forms taken by kinetic art are, unsurprisingly, very diverse, given that the nature of the art is non-material.’
    • ‘These two approaches are not exclusive, but unite material and non-material resources into new types of museum property.’
    • ‘Alternatives include reusing bags and boxes, and giving nonmaterial gifts - event tickets, lessons, donations to favorite cause - that need no packaging.’
    • ‘Sarraute did in fact state over and over again that her chief preoccupation in writing was to reveal to the reader a previously hidden reality, using the imperfect and distinctly unreal, or at least nonmaterial, tool that is language.’
    • ‘Non-material infrastructures are required: human capital, research, technology.’
    • ‘Information is a nonmaterial entity and this is the first time that a law of nature has been formulated for a mental concept.’
    1. 1.1Involving or concerned with the needs of the mind, spirit, or intellect.
      ‘a public realm upholding non-material values’
      • ‘He attacked the prevailing consensus about progress on the grounds that it failed to respect individuality, promote ethical behaviour or preserve non-material values.’
      • ‘Thus, physical possessions (e.g., wealth) were seen as a means of attaining nonmaterial desires (e.g., helping others).’
      • ‘In both cases large, impersonal, bureaucratic structures proved incapable of responding to the needs of a more diverse population and their non-material aspirations.’
      • ‘"At no time in western history has any nation totally ignored the importance of national recognition of, and support for, non-material values."’
      • ‘At its most idealistic, adoption indicated that struggles for material survival had renewed people's faith in the non-material qualities that children and home ideally represented.’
      • ‘And even if its not material goods you want, you will still want to substiture leisure for labor, so as to pursue your non-material spiritual ends.’
      • ‘Having too many things makes time for non-material pleasure shrink; an overabundance of options can easily diminish full satisfaction.’