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Lacking a physical or material nature but relating to or affecting a body.

Under Common Law, incorporeal property were rights that affected a tangible item, such as a chose in action (a right to enforce a debt).

Incorporeal is the opposite of corporeal, a description of the existence of a tangible item.


adj. referring to a thing which is not physical, such as a right. This is distinguished from tangible.


adjective asomatous, bodiless, immaterial, immateriate, impalpable, incorporal, nonphysical, not of material nature, spiritual, unbodied, unembodied, unfleshly, unsubstantial, unworldly, without body, without substance
Associated concepts: incorporeal chattels, incorporeal hereditament
Foreign phrases: Haereditas, alia corporalis, alia incorpooalis; corporalis est, quae tan gi potest et videri; incorroralis quae tangi non potest nec videri.An inheritance is either corporeal or incorporeal; corporeal is that which can be touched and seen; incorporeal is that which can neiiher be touched nor seen.
See also: immaterial, impalpable, insubstantial, intangible


that which has no corpus, or body, so cannot be touched.

INCORPOREAL. Not consisting of matter.
     2. Things incorporeal. are those which are not the object of sense, which cannot be seen or felt, but which we can easily, conceive in the understanding, as rights, actions, successions, easements, and the like. Dig. lib. 6, t. 1; Id. lib. 41, t. 1, l. 43, Sec. 1; Poth. Traite des Choses, Sec. 2.

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The play is fiction based on the narrator's recollection of "true" events, just as any memory is constructed by the one who remembers, but the magnitude of that construction is less apparent to the audience because of the incorporeality of the boy.
The other is that demonology ran into fundamental difficulties whenever it confronted questions having to do with the reliability of sensory perception and empirical verification, precisely because it drew on two paradoxical ideas--that incorporeality could be made visible (and so real) and that demons had powers to create camplete sensory delusion.
The incorporeality of God follows from his unity; that is, since every corporeal object is composed of matter and form, God, as absolute unity, cannot be corporeal.
So essential incorporeality gives compelling indication of being perfectly compatible with accidental (or contingent) embodiment.
While Origen gave greater prominence to the fatherhood of God than had his predecessors, his guiding hermeneutical principle was the incorporeality or spiritual nature of God, and from this flowed his understanding that God is Mind, One and Simple, Good, and 'He Who is', transcending mind and being.
16) Albo, however, is displeased with this rationale, pointing out that the Torah commands the affirmation of metaphysical and paralogical concepts like the incorporeality of God or the negation of anthropomorphism, abstract ideas which are no less comprehensible to the average man than spiritual rewards and punishments in the world-to-come.
Yvette Kisor, in "Incorporeality and Transformation in The Lord of the Rings," contrasts incorporeality and invisibility, asserting that they are in fact quite different: fading or invisible things in Tolkien in fact retain their corporeality.
He converted the biblical concept of God's unlikeness to any created being into the philosophical principle of the incorporeality and simplicity of God.
The Onkelos translator was extremely heroic in his time to emphasize the incorporeality of God, and Rambam gives him credit for that courage in his Guide of the Perplexed.
114) There may well be a danger of such an interpretation inherent in any system which is so fascinated with the complex interplay between materiality and virtuality, between sense and incorporeality.
Chapter 11 examines and articulates problems with Augustine's argument for the incorporeality of the soul in a letter to Jerome; chapters 12 and 13 connect Augustine's account of time to issues of world-soul and the liberation of the soul; and chapter 14 concludes with an argument that the unity of the Confessions may best be understood in terms of key theses of Christian Neoplatonism.
In Letter 166 addressed to Jerome, Augustine was working through his ideas about the incorporeality of the human soul.