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incorporeal Syllabification: in·cor·po·re·al
Pronunciation: /ˌinkôrˈpôrēəl/

Definition of incorporeal in English:


1Not composed of matter; having no material existence: ghostly presences and incorporeal beings
More example sentences
  • The Stoics drew a fundamental distinction between two realms of being, a material realm of bodies and states of affairs and an incorporeal realm of events.
  • They are spiritual beings, incorporeal intelligences, and they may ‘have their origins in personalities’.
  • Since the causes are immaterial, intellectual and eternal, so their created effects are essentially incorporeal, immaterial, intellectual, and eternal.
1.1 Law Having no physical existence.
Example sentences
  • They could be patrimonial things or extra-patrimonial things; common things or sacred things; principal things or accessorial things; corporeal things or incorporeal things.
  • He pointed out that legal recognition of trade marks as a species of incorporeal property was first accorded by the Court of Chancery in the first half of the 19th century.
  • It is not an incorporeal right, such as, for example, an easement, which appertains to Mr McArdle's land and adversely affects the registered Red Land.


Pronunciation: /ˌinˌkôrˌpôrēˈalədē/
Example sentences
  • My basic form expands and this very expansion from an uncertain core makes for the feel of incorporeality in my paintings.
  • There is an element of incorporeality - a deeply felt relationality that when attended to serves to bind us to place.
  • The intermingling of mediums scrambled distinctions between flatness and depth, stasis and motion, tactility and incorporeality.
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  • For such is the nature of intellectual existences, that they can mingle with one another and with bodies, incorporeally and invisibly.
  • Fourth, He would incarnate somewhere else in one of the three aforesaid ways, but incorporeally and help the earth in a general way.
  • In one usage, it means anything believed without absolute certainty, i.e. ‘you have faith that you will not pass incorporeally through your chair.’
Pronunciation: /-pəˈrēitē/
Example sentences
  • In its incorporeity, it is a ready scapegoat word, like State, Establishment, the Right, the Left.
  • A church is the ideal place for a work concerning the incorporeity of vocation.
  • Thought of the divine incorporeity was suggested by absence of any altar-image.


Late Middle English: from Latin incorporeus, from in- 'not' + corporeus (from corpus, corpor- 'body') + -al.

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