3. Of solid or weighty character; not insubstantial; of cinsequence; not be dispensed with; important. "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 present purpose." (Locke)
4. <logic> Pertaining to the matter, as opposed to the form, of a thing. See Matter. Material cause. See Cause. Material evidence, evidence which conduces to the proof or disproof of a relevant hypothesis.
Origin: L. Materialis, fr. Materia stuff, matter: cf. F. Materiel. See Matter, and cf. Materiel.
(01 Mar 1998)
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