Definition of non-material in English:

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non-material

adjective

1Not having a physical or material form: while e-texts are non-material, they must be read through a material object
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  • The forms taken by kinetic art are, unsurprisingly, very diverse, given that the nature of the art is non-material.
  • These two approaches are not exclusive, but unite material and non-material resources into new types of museum property.
  • Alternatives include reusing bags and boxes, and giving nonmaterial gifts - event tickets, lessons, donations to favorite cause - that need no packaging.
1.1Involving or concerned with the needs of the mind, spirit, or intellect: a public realm upholding non-material values
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  • He attacked the prevailing consensus about progress on the grounds that it failed to respect individuality, promote ethical behaviour or preserve non-material values.
  • Thus, physical possessions (e.g., wealth) were seen as a means of attaining nonmaterial desires (e.g., helping others).
  • In both cases large, impersonal, bureaucratic structures proved incapable of responding to the needs of a more diverse population and their non-material aspirations.

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