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material (adj.)

mid-14c., "real, ordinary; earthly, drawn from the material world" (contrasted with spiritual, mental, supernatural), a term in scholastic philosophy and theology, from Old French material, materiel (14c.) and directly from Late Latin materialis (adj.) "of or belonging to matter," from Latin materia "matter, stuff, wood, timber" (see matter (n.)).

From late 14c. as "made of matter, having material existence; material, physical, substantial." From late 15c. as "important, relevant, necessary, pertaining to the matter or subject;" in the law of evidence, "of legal significance to the cause" (1580s).

material (n.)

late 14c., "component substance, matter from which a thing is made," from material (adj.).

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Definitions of material from WordNet
1
material (adj.)
concerned with worldly rather than spiritual interests;
material comforts
material possessions
material wealth
material (adj.)
derived from or composed of matter;
the material universe
material (adj.)
directly relevant to a matter especially a law case;
evidence material to the issue at hand
facts likely to influence the judgment are called material facts
a material witness
his support made a material difference
material (adj.)
concerned with or affecting physical as distinct from intellectual or psychological well-being; "the moral and material welfare of all good citizens"- T.Roosevelt;
material needs
material (adj.)
having material or physical form or substance; "that which is created is of necessity corporeal and visible and tangible" - Benjamin Jowett;
Synonyms: corporeal
material (adj.)
having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary;
Synonyms: substantial / real
2
material (n.)
the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object;
coal is a hard black material
Synonyms: stuff
material (n.)
information (data or ideas or observations) that can be used or reworked into a finished form;
the archives provided rich material for a definitive biography
material (n.)
artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers;
she measured off enough material for a dress
Synonyms: fabric / cloth / textile
material (n.)
things needed for doing or making something;
writing materials
useful teaching materials
material (n.)
a person judged suitable for admission or employment;
he was university material
she was vice-presidential material
From wordnet.princeton.edu