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

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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)

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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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That the PCC was understood by many as an artwork at all proved the point that a century on from Duchamp's invention of the readymade, artists no longer need rely on the art system's visible syntax to transubstantiate bits of life into art; as Andrea Fraser has argued, the institution of art lives immaterially in the heads of anyone who recognizes it.
He is, moreover, a being who is related immaterially to the world around him on account of his rational power and his will.
Since the operation of a thing depends on and flows from its nature and since the soul has an immaterial operation of its own, it must subsist immaterially, at least in its intellectual part.
In this project, the idea of traveling is obviously symbolized by the airplane, but it mainly manifests immaterially, through twelve "sound spots" that evoke the transitory, invisible traffic of workers and visitors elsewhere in the Barbican complex.
Rather, they are transcendent forms that exist only immaterially. The immanent forms that exist in material things are mere images of the transcendent, immaterial forms that exist in the intellect.
The immaterialists argue that sense receives the form of its object immaterially as a cognitive awareness, while materialists argue that the eye physically receives color--for example, red--and becomes red in the process.
Second, however, a thing may receive a form "according to spiritual being" (secundum esse spirituale) or immaterially (immaterialiter), and then that form will not be one of the characteristics of that thing.
Similarly: (1) a sensible form received immaterially does not become the form of the sense organ (which maintains its own material disposition); (2) the reception of the sensible form by the organ is caused by the object which acts upon it; (3) a perceiver does not perceive the sensible form, but what that form represents (Aquinas says that the sensible form is not what (quod) one sees, but that by which [quo] one sees).(21)
"Forms are received neither wholly immaterially nor wholly materially by the senses."(27) So he can conclude: [there is something importantly correct] in Cohen's claim that Aquinas thinks the immaterial or spiritual reception of sensible forms is a physical event.
Pasnau notes that his reading may be challenged in virtue of the fact that Aquinas often claims that sensible species are received by the senses intentionally, spiritually, and immaterially.(31) Isn't this a clear expression of an antimaterialist view about sensation?