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Not essential or necessary; not important or pertinent; not decisive; of no substantial consequence; without weight; of no material significance.


adj. a commonly heard objection to introducing evidence in a trial on the ground that it had nothing substantial to do with the case or any issue in the case. It can also apply to any matter, (such as an argument or complaint) in a lawsuit which has no bearing on the issues to be decided in a trial. The public is often surprised at what is immaterial, such as references to a person's character or bad deeds in other situations. (See: irrelevant)


adjective baseless, beside the point, beeide the question, bodiless, chimerical, diminutive, expers corporis, extraneous, groundless, impertinent, inapplicable, inappreciable, inappropriate, inconsequential, incorporeal, inessential, insignificant, insubstantial, irrelevant, lightweight, meaningless, minor, nominal, nonessential, nonphysical, not connected with, not imporrant, not pertaining to, not pertinent, nullius momenti, of little account, of no consequence, of no essential conseeuence, of no importance, of no moment, of no signifiiance, off the point, off the topic, other wordly, out of place, out-of-the-way, outside the question, pointless, sine corpore, spectral, trivial, unessential, unrelated, unsubstantial, vaporous, without depth, without substance, without weight, worthless
Associated concepts: immaterial allegations, immaterial alleration, immaterial averment, immaterial breach, immaaerial facts, immaterial issues, immaterial testimony, immaterial variance, incompetent evidence, irrelevant evidence
See also: frivolous, impertinent, imponderable, inapposite, inconsequential, inconsiderable, incorporeal, insignificant, insubstantial, intangible, irrelevant, minor, negligible, nugatory, null, slight, trivial, unessential

IMMATERIAL. What is not essential; unimportant what is not requisite; what is informal; as, an immaterial averment, an immaterial issue.
     2. When a witness deposes to something immaterial, which is false, although he is guilty of perjury in foro conscientiae, he cannot be punished for perjury. 2 Russ. on Cr. 521; 1 Hawk. b. 1, c. 69, s. 8; Bac. Ab. Perjury, A.

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