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Important; affecting the merits of a case; causing a particular course of action; significant; substantial. A description of the quality of evidence that possesses such substantial Probative value as to establish the truth or falsity of a point in issue in a lawsuit.

A material fact is an occurrence, event, or information that is sufficiently significant to influence an individual into acting in a certain way, such as entering into a contract. In formal court procedures, a material fact is anything needed to prove one party's case, or tending to establish a point that is crucial to a person's position.

A material issue is a question that is in dispute between two parties involved in litigation, and that must be answered in order for the conflict to be resolved.

A material witness is a person whose testimony is a necessary element of a lawsuit. An individual who is considered a material witness can be compelled to appear in court and provide testimony. In the event that the person's safety is endangered as a result of his or her planned or actual testimony, he or she may be given legal protection or held in Protective Custody.


adj. 1) relevant and significant in a lawsuit, as in "material evidence" as distinguished from totally irrelevant or of such minor importance that the court will either ignore it, rule it immaterial if objected to, or not allow lengthy testimony upon such a matter. 2) "material breach" of a contract is a valid excuse by the other party not to perform. However, an insignificant divergence from the terms of the contract is not a material breach.

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Laftit a assure, en consequence, que la materialisation de cette reforme est a meme de repondre aux attentes des populations de la region Beni Mellal-Khenifra, appelant les decideurs locaux, pouvoirs publics et elus, a mutualiser leurs efforts pour mettre en oeuvre les objectifs inscrits dans cette strategie et a faire montre d'une mobilisation sans relache.
JLL said a combination of factors, such as contractual disputes, financing delays, licensing and approval delays, and developers holding back plans as market conditions slow, will result in low materialisation rates over the coming 12 months, the company said.
In this regard, timely materialisation of various options being explored by the management to lend the needed financial support to the project is critical.
Speaking to reporters, Kharge, who refused to divulge the details of the finalised contract, said: "All the parties concerned including the Airports Authority of India and the State have reached an understanding, and the airport's materialisation appears to be imminent."
The state-owned Botas and Greece's state-owned DEPA have signed a protocol aimed at moving jointly towards the materialisation of energy projects in the wider region of south-eastern Europe.
Helen was known as a materialisation medium and was said to produce ectoplasm from her mouth, a thick clear fluid that would take the shape of the person she was contacting.
Residents will be able to buy or rent properties on more flexible terms and conditions as record 41,000 residential units are expected to come online this year due to higher materialisation rate of projects ahead of Expo 2020.
The overall coal supply from CIL and SCCL to power sector in the month of April 2018 has been 45.1 MT against a projected demand of 47.23 MT (95.5 percent materialisation) and for May 2018 (till May 24) the supply has been 37.2 MT against a projected demand of 38.05 MT (97.76 percent materialisation).