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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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God is supreme, independent of nature, and incorporeal.
This may arise from the increase of voices that dwell in the same body, from incorporeal singing, from the integration of singing voice, from the separation between voice and character.
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