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ma·te·ri·al / məˈti(ə)rēəl/ • n. 1. the matter from which a thing is or can be made: goats can eat more or less any plant material | materials such as brass highly flammable materials. ∎  (usu. materials) things needed for an activity: cleaning materials. ∎  a person of a specified quality or suitability: he's not really Olympic material. 2. facts, information, or ideas for use in creating a book or other work: there is much good material here for priests to use in sermons. ∎  items, esp. songs or jokes, comprising a performer's act: a band playing original material. 3. cloth or fabric: a piece of dark material | dress materials. • adj. 1. denoting or consisting of physical objects rather than the mind or spirit: the material world moral and material support. ∎  concerned with physical needs or desires: material living standards have risen. ∎  concerned with the matter of reasoning, not its form: political conflict lacks mathematical or material certitude. 2. important; essential; relevant: the insects did not do any material damage to the crop. ∎  chiefly Law (of evidence or a fact) significant, influential, or relevant, esp. to the extent of determining a cause or affecting a judgment: information that could be material to a murder inquiry. ORIGIN: late Middle English (in the sense ‘relating to matter’): from late Latin materialis, adjective from Latin materia ‘matter.’

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MATERIAL

Important; affecting the merits of a case; causing a particular course of action; significant; substantial. A description of the quality of evidence that possesses such substantialprobativevalue as to establish the truth or falsity of a point in issue in a lawsuit.

A material fact is an occurrence, event, or information that is sufficiently significant to influence an individual into acting in a certain way, such as entering into a contract. In formal court procedures, a material fact is anything needed to prove one party's case, or tending to establish a point that is crucial to a person's position.

A material issue is a question that is in dispute between two parties involved in litigation, and that must be answered in order for the conflict to be resolved.

A material witness is a person whose testimony is a necessary element of a lawsuit. An individual who is considered a material witness can be compelled to appear in court and provide testimony. In the event that the person's safety is endangered as a result of his or her planned or actual testimony, he or she may be given legal protection or held in protective custody.

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material

material consisting of matter XIV; pert. to matter; of substantial import XVI; sb. pl. XVI. ME. materiel (rare), -ial — (O)F. matériel, † -ial — late L. māteriālis, f. māteria matter; see -AL1.
Hence materialism XVIII, materialist XVII, materialize XVIII.

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