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Possessing a physical nature; having an objective, tangible existence; being capable of perception by touch and sight.

Under Common Law, corporeal hereditaments are physical objects encompassed in land, including the land itself and any tangible object on it, that can be inherited.

Corporeal is the opposite of incorporeal, that which exists but is incapable of physical manifestation, as in the right to bring a lawsuit.


adjective actual, appreciable, bodily, bona fide, certain, concrete, corporal, definite, embodied, existent, firm, fleshly, having substance, in existence, incarnate, material, palpable, physical, real, solid, substantial, substantive, tangible, temporal, unspiritual
Associated concepts: corporeal hereditaments
Foreign phrases: Haereditas, alia corporalis, alia incorpooalis; corporalis est, quae tangi potest et videri; incorpooalis quae tangi non potest nec videri.An inheritance is either corporeal or incorporeal; corporeal is that which can be touched and seen; incorporeal, that which can neither be touched nor seen.
See also: bodily, corporal, material, mundane, objective, physical, tangible


having a physical body, tangible.
References in classic literature ?
And Hannibal, snarling, growling, and spitting, ducking his head and with short paw-strokes trying to ward off the insistent broomstick, backed obediently into the corner, crumpled up his hind-parts, and tried to withdraw his corporeal body within itself in a pain-urged effort to make it smaller.
It will be universally admitted that instincts are as important as corporeal structure for the welfare of each species, under its present conditions of life.
Hence, as in the case of corporeal structures, we ought to find in nature, not the actual transitional gradations by which each complex instinct has been acquired--for these could be found only in the lineal ancestors of each species--but we ought to find in the collateral lines of descent some evidence of such gradations; or we ought at least to be able to show that gradations of some kind are possible; and this we certainly can do.
Again as in the case of corporeal structure, and conformably with my theory, the instinct of each species is good for itself, but has never, as far as we can judge, been produced for the exclusive good of others.
The corporeal wants of the convicts are tolerably well supplied: their prospect of future liberty and comfort is not distant, and, after good conduct, certain.
She might indeed be called a lover of men, as Socrates was a lover of mankind, preferring one to another for corporeal, as he for mental qualifications; but never carrying this preference so far as to cause any perturbation in the philosophical serenity of her temper.
This hand seemed a thing apart, self-existent, with no corporeal attachment, and it appeared and disappeared like an apparition as the thumb-pressure wavered on the switch.
The naturalist placed a foot in the frail vessel, as an elephant will try a bridge, or a horse is often seen to make a similar experiment, before he will trust the whole of his corporeal treasure on the dreaded flat, and then withdrew, just as the old man believed he was about to seat himself.
At such time, a mortal knows just enough of what his mind is doing, to form some glimmering conception of its mighty powers, its bounding from earth and spurning time and space, when freed from the restraint of its corporeal associate.
The space presented by the Global Lives Project is impossible to experience in the corporeal world alone.
A crucial component of this account is that ordinary bodies are individuated by the way in which the corporeal god pervades them.
Before Olds recounts the end of her mother's life and battle with cancer, she covers some other pretty intense subjects, such as corporeal punishment while menstruating, abortions in the era of George Bush and her mother's own personal lonesome, abusive and puritanical history.