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immaterial
as in:  immaterial to the problem at hand


For political reasons, most senators had to vote for the bill. The fine print was immaterial to the final vote.
  not important or relevant
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immaterial immaterially immateriality
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"Immaterial" is a commonly heard objection to introducing evidence or an argument in court.

Word Prefix:  The prefix, "im" often means "not"; as "impossible" is "not possible" or "immature" is "not mature".
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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.
  • "It’s immaterial to me," she said.
    J.D. Salinger  --  The Catcher in the Rye
  • Can’t see what witness’s literacy has to do with the case, irrelevant’n’immaterial.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird

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  • "True," said Monte Cristo, "the loss of a sum of money becomes almost immaterial with a fortune such as you possess, and to one of your philosophic spirit."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • It really was immaterial whether it was Miss Kenton or a complete stranger who had walked in at that moment.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • Truths like those can be both ’objective’ and ’general,’ but they are nevertheless totally immaterial to each man’s existence.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • "It is immaterial to me how you go," he said.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • He said, "It’s immaterial to me who your mom was."
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • The city in the predawn is warm and fragrant and sleepy, and the houses on either side seem almost immaterial.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See

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  • Men lived to acquire experience; the quality of the experience was immaterial; pleasure and pain—and above all, pain—had no meaning; to possess pain was as meaningless as to chase pleasure.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Kemmerich will die; it is immaterial who gets them.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • At that moment, all of Mammy’s talk of reputations and mynah birds sounded immaterial to Laila.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Oh! how immaterial are all materials!
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Anyway, it’s immaterial.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • 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.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Both bore languidly the indefinable burden of immaterial pleasures.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • My name is immaterial.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • That is immaterial!
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Behold, once before you have ferried me across this water in your boat for the immaterial reward of a good deed.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • My pet, as I told you before Bonnie was born, it is immaterial to me whether you have one child or twenty.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Our mental existences, which are immaterial and have no dimensions, are passing along the Time-Dimension with a uniform velocity from the cradle to the grave.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • The thought wasn’t just odd; under the circumstances, how she felt about Fast Cars was totally immaterial.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • There was no such person as Mrs. Wayne Wilmot; there was only a shell containing the opinions of her friends, the picture post cards she had seen, the novels of country squires she had read; it was this that he had to address, this immateriality which could not hear him or answer, deaf and impersonal like a wad of cotton.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • I knew that seclusion and solitude were very necessary for my friend in those hours of intense mental concentration during which he weighed every particle of evidence, constructed alternative theories, balanced one against the other, and made up his mind as to which points were essential and which immaterial.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • There are sicknesses that walk in darkness; and there are exterminating angels, that fly wrapt up in the curtains of immateriality and an uncommunicating nature; whom we cannot see, but we feel their force, and sink under their sword.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • The line is immaterial.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • They did not fare very well, though each of them negotiated some skimpily favorable remark before the protesting prosecution, which contended that personal comments of this nature were "incompetent, irrelevant, immaterial," hushed and banished them.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • On the material side the dinner was a success; it was no less so on the immaterial.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • She comforted her father better than she could comfort herself, by representing that though he certainly would make them nine, yet he always said so little, that the increase of noise would be very immaterial.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • I could have thrown my bootjack at him (it lay ready on the rug), for having entrapped me into the disclosure of anything concerning Agnes, however immaterial.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Individuals must have supposed that they were cutting the letters of their names deep into everlasting tablets of brass, or enshrining their reputations forever in the hearts of their countrymen, while, as to fact, the affair would appear in printed reports under a meek and immaterial title.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • I began to perceive 85) more deeply than it has ever yet been stated, the trembling immateriality, the mist-like transience of this seemingly so solid body in which we walk attired.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Fact, fact, fact, everywhere in the material aspect of the town; fact, fact, fact, everywhere in the immaterial.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • "Ultimately," I said, "it is immaterial to the Governor how you manage the matter."
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • "Be soople, Davie, in things immaterial," said he.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • His whole material and immaterial life is wonderfully strange; his death, the strangest thing of all.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • The circumstances of their evidence would have been, in modern days, divided into two classes—those which were immaterial, and those which were actually and physically impossible.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Still careful not to outrun the clerk’s penmanship Stubberd pulled up again; for having got his evidence by heart it was immaterial to him whereabouts he broke off.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Whether they had or not was immaterial; it was an opportunity to take the first step toward negotiations.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Incompetent, immaterial, irrelevant.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Your Excellency, my background is immaterial.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • You ask me questions, press for details, and when I offer you answers you reject them as immaterial.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • ’I didn’t walk through your door, you came through mine, but I suppose that’s immaterial.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • It’s irrelevant and immaterial, as the lawyers say.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • Alas! how short is the most protracted of such enjoyments! how immaterial the difference between him who retires the soonest, and him who stays the latest!
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • The novelist’s happy discovery was to think of substituting for those opaque sections, impenetrable by the human spirit, their equivalent in immaterial sections, things, that is, which the spirit can assimilate to itself.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Fred Vincy, we have seen, had a debt on his mind, and though no such immaterial burthen could depress that buoyant-hearted young gentleman for many hours together, there were circumstances connected with this debt which made the thought of it unusually importunate.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Feeble as the immaterial portion of her existence was thought to be, it was sufficiently active to cause her to open her eyes at midnight.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • Such material difficulties were formidable; but much worse were the immaterial.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
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