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immaterial -- as in: immaterial to the problem at hand
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The Scarlet Letter
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  • This morbid meddling of conscience with an immaterial matter betokened, it is to be feared, no genuine and steadfast penitence, but something doubtful, something that might be deeply wrong beneath.
  • Reminiscences, the most trifling and immaterial, passages of infancy and school-days, sports, childish quarrels, and the little domestic traits of her maiden years, came swarming back upon her, intermingled with recollections of whatever was gravest in her subsequent life; one picture precisely as vivid as another; as if all were of similar importance, or all alike a play.

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  • For political reasons, most senators had to vote for the bill. The fine print was immaterial to the final vote.
  • Your intentions are immaterial to me. What is important to me is that your actions continue to hurt people.

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