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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 Dutch Civil Code, however, includes incorporeal things under the "patrimonial rights (vermogensrechten)," which, along with things, form the "assets (goederen).
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This movement has been reflected textually: the Civil Code of Quebec, unlike its predecessor, refers to "property" (biens) rather than "things" (choses), (158) and the first article in the book "On Property" provides for incorporeal property.
These gaps are what Ghosts relentlessly plumbs--the spaces between reality and unreality, built and unbuilt, childhood and adulthood, today and tomorrow, corporeal and incorporeal, life and death.
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The statement about the self-generation and self-perfection of moving was accompanied by some other related announcements on the side of the Stoics: in the same way as kinetic act cannot be considered a moving (from potentiality) towards some future aim (in actuality) situated outside itself, there exists in reality not a past nor a future, but only one temporal localizability--the present; similarly, the real property of existence can according to the Stoics be afforded only to the corporeal presence of things, not to their incorporeal and imaginable localizations in the mind (Goldschmidt 1969:43-44).
Why then, says Origen, should we deny those incorporeal realities on which the mind asserts itself?
If Benedict's lament for the simple connection between sign and signified feels like a reactionary throwback, where does that leave one with a resistance to the new possibilities of incorporeal as well as corporeal existence?
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