Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun material

5 senses of material

Sense 1
material, stuff -- (the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object; "coal is a hard black material"; "wheat is the stuff they use to make bread")
       => substance -- (the real physical matter of which a person or thing consists; "DNA is the substance of our genes")

Sense 2
material -- (information (data or ideas or observations) that can be used or reworked into a finished form; "the archives provided rich material for a definitive biography")
       => information, info -- (a message received and understood)

Sense 3
fabric, cloth, material, textile -- (artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers; "the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent"; "woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC"; "she measured off enough material for a dress")
       => artifact, artefact -- (a man-made object taken as a whole)

Sense 4
material -- (things needed for doing or making something; "writing materials"; "useful teaching materials")
       => equipment -- (an instrumentality needed for an undertaking or to perform a service)

Sense 5
material -- (a person judged suitable for admission or employment; "he was university material"; "she was vice-presidential material")
       => applicant, applier -- (a person who requests or seeks something such as assistance or employment or admission)

Antonyms of adj material

6 senses of material

Sense 1
material -- (concerned with worldly rather than spiritual interests; "material possessions"; "material wealth"; "material comforts")

INDIRECT (VIA worldly) -> unworldly -- (not concerned with the temporal world or swayed by mundane considerations; "was unworldly and did not greatly miss worldly rewards"- Sheldon Cheney)

Sense 2
material (vs. immaterial) -- (derived from or composed of matter; "the material universe")

immaterial (vs. material), nonmaterial -- (not consisting of matter; "immaterial apparitions"; "ghosts and other immaterial entities")
        => intangible, nonphysical -- (lacking substance or reality; incapable of being touched or seen; "that intangible thing--the soul")

Sense 3
material (vs. immaterial) -- (directly relevant to a matter especially a law case; "his support made a material difference"; "evidence material to the issue at hand"; "facts likely to influence the judgment are called material facts"; "a material witness")

immaterial (vs. material) -- (of no importance or relevance especially to a law case; "an objection that is immaterial after the fact")

Sense 4
material -- (concerned with or affecting physical as distinct from intellectual or psychological well-being; "material needs"; "the moral and material welfare of all good citizens"- T.Roosevelt)

INDIRECT (VIA physical) -> mental -- (involving the mind or an intellectual process; "mental images of happy times"; "mental calculations"; "in a terrible mental state"; "mental suffering"; "free from mental defects")

Sense 5
corporeal (vs. incorporeal), material -- (having material or physical form or substance; "that which is created is of necessity corporeal and visible and tangible" - Benjamin Jowett)


Sense 6
substantial (vs. insubstantial), real, material -- (having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary; "the substantial world"; "a mere dream, neither substantial nor practical"; "most ponderous and substantial things"- Shakespeare)


Similarity of adj material

6 senses of material

Sense 1
material -- (concerned with worldly rather than spiritual interests; "material possessions"; "material wealth"; "material comforts")
       => worldly (vs. unworldly), secular, temporal -- (characteristic of or devoted to the temporal world as opposed to the spiritual world; "worldly goods and advancement"; "temporal possessions of the church")

Sense 2
material (vs. immaterial) -- (derived from or composed of matter; "the material universe")
       => physical -- (having substance or material existence; perceptible to the senses; "a physical manifestation"; "surrounded by tangible objects")
       => physical -- (concerned with material things; "physical properties"; "the physical characteristics of the earth"; "the physical size of a computer")
          Also See-> substantial#3, real#7, material#6

Sense 3
material (vs. immaterial) -- (directly relevant to a matter especially a law case; "his support made a material difference"; "evidence material to the issue at hand"; "facts likely to influence the judgment are called material facts"; "a material witness")
       => crucial -- (having crucial relevance; "crucial to the case"; "relevant testimony")

Sense 4
material -- (concerned with or affecting physical as distinct from intellectual or psychological well-being; "material needs"; "the moral and material welfare of all good citizens"- T.Roosevelt)
       => physical (vs. mental) -- (involving the body as distinguished from the mind or spirit; "physical exercise"; "physical suffering"; "was sloppy about everything but her physical appearance")

Sense 5
corporeal (vs. incorporeal), material -- (having material or physical form or substance; "that which is created is of necessity corporeal and visible and tangible" - Benjamin Jowett)
       => bodily -- (having or relating to a physical material body; "bodily existence")
       => bodied, corporal, corporate, embodied, incarnate -- (possessing or existing in bodily form; "what seemed corporal melted as breath into the wind"- Shakespeare; "an incarnate spirit"; "`corporate' is an archaic term")
       => reincarnate -- (having a new body)
          Also See-> bodied#1

Sense 6
substantial (vs. insubstantial), real, material -- (having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary; "the substantial world"; "a mere dream, neither substantial nor practical"; "most ponderous and substantial things"- Shakespeare)
          Also See-> material#2

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