Definition of corporeal in English:

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Pronunciation: /kɔːˈpɔːrɪəl/


1Relating to a person’s body, especially as opposed to their spirit: he was frank about his corporeal appetites
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  • What becomes of your spirit while your corporeal remains decay?
  • In this way More sought to demonstrate that the idea of incorporeal substance, or spirit, was as intelligible as that of corporeal substance, i.e. body.
  • Sargon seems intent on regaining a corporeal body, but is satisfied living as a spirit at the end of the episode.
1.1Having a body: a corporeal God
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  • It says that human beings are made by God as corporeal or bodily beings.
  • All beings in nature, corporeal or spiritual, are made up of combinations and rhythms of the Elements.
1.2 Law Consisting of material objects: in Scotland ‘goods’ includes all corporeal movables except money
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  • The proper law governing the transfer of corporeal movable property is the lex situs.
  • Having defined hereditaments as inheritable interests, the common law went on to distinguish between corporeal and incorporeal hereditaments.
  • Property includes the rights in and to any movable property, immovable property, corporeal and incorporeal property.



Pronunciation: /kɔːpɔːrɪˈalɪti/
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  • Furthermore, based in our own sense of embodiment and observation of other bodies, our corporeality defines the starting point and ultimate limit of human perception.
  • Barbieri and his contemporaries planted the tender beginnings of celebrating the corporeality of the human form; more than three centuries later, this notion has exploded.
  • There are tricks you can learn: bringing in death, murder, and corporeality are all probably taught at any good journalism college.


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  • While Larry is the only character who appears corporeally in this play, the audience is introduced to other personalities that feature in Sorry I'm Out But I Can Be Booked through Larry's interaction with them.
  • Even Kiki, who looms corporeally large in these pages - she weighs in at 250 lb and her obesity is a frequent topic - seems fairly substanceless when it comes to psychological and emotional believability.
  • Mr Smith was told to drive to another branch, where they had them corporeally in stock.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'material'): from late Latin corporealis, from Latin corporeus 'bodily, physical', from corpus, corpor- 'body'.

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