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Definition not important, or not relevant
  • For political reasons, most senators had to vote for the bill. The fine print was immaterial to the final vote.
immaterial = not important, or not relevant
  • Your intentions are immaterial to me. What is important to me is that your actions continue to hurt people.
  • immaterial = not important, or not relevant
  • 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
  • immaterial = not important, or not relevant
  • 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
  • immaterial = not important, or not relevant
  • "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
  • immaterial = not important, or not relevant
  • "It's immaterial to me," she said.
    J.D. Salinger  --  The Catcher in the Rye
  • immaterial = unimportant
  • "Now let's consider this calmly-" began Atticus, but Mr. Gilmer interrupted with an objection: he was not irrelevant or immaterial, but Atticus was browbeating the witness.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • immaterial = not important, or not relevant
  • Slowly but surely I began to see the pattern of Atticus's questions: from questions that Mr. Gilmer did not deem sufficiently irrelevant or immaterial to object to, Atticus was quietly building up before the jury a picture of the Ewells' home life.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • immaterial = not important, or not relevant
  • "Can't see what witness's literacy has to do with the case, irrelevant'n'immaterial."
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • immaterial = not important
  • Oh! how immaterial are all materials!
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • 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
  • Incompetent, immaterial, irrelevant.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • 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
  • Yet immaterial to our plans.
    R.A. Salvatore  --  The Crystal Shard
  • Whether they had or not was immaterial; it was an opportunity to take the first step toward negotiations.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • "It is immaterial to me how you go," he said.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Both bore languidly the indefinable burden of immaterial pleasures.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • If we make the latter supposition, it then becomes immaterial where the power in question is placed whether in their hands or in those of the Union.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • It was the crowning buffet, the final victory of Philistia over art, beauty, and immaterial things.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • Behold, once before you have ferried me across this water in your boat for the immaterial reward of a good deed.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha

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