Definitions for incorporealˌɪn kɔrˈpɔr i əl, -ˈpoʊr-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•cor•po•re•alˌɪn kɔrˈpɔr i əl, -ˈpoʊr-(adj.)

  1. not corporeal or material; insubstantial.

  2. having no material value but giving evidence of value, as a franchise.

    Category: Law

Origin of incorporeal:

1525–35; < L incorpore(us)+ -al1. See in -3, corporeal


Princeton's WordNet

  1. incorporeal, immaterial(adj)

    without material form or substance

    "an incorporeal spirit"


  1. incorporeal(Adjective)

    Having no material form or physical substance.

  2. incorporeal(Adjective)

    Relating to an asset that does not have a material form; such as a patent.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Incorporeal(adj)

    not corporeal; not having a material body or form; not consisting of matter; immaterial

  2. Incorporeal(adj)

    existing only in contemplation of law; not capable of actual visible seizin or possession; not being an object of sense; intangible; -- opposed to corporeal


  1. Incorporeality

    Incorporeal or uncarnate means without a physical body, presence or form. It is often used in reference to souls, spirits, the Christian God or the Divine. In ancient philosophy, any attenuated "thin" matter such as air, ether, fire or light was considered incorporeal. The ancient Greeks believed air, as opposed to solid earth, to be incorporeal, in so far as it is less resistant to movement; and the ancient Persians believed fire to be incorporeal in that every soul was said to be produced from it. In modern philosophy, a distinction between the incorporeal and immaterial is not necessarily maintained: a body is described as incorporeal if it is not made out of matter. In the problem of universals, universals are separable from any particular embodiment in one sense, while in another, they seem inherent nonetheless. Aristotle offered a hylomorphic account of abstraction in contrast to Plato's world of Forms. Aristotle used the Greek terms soma and hyle. The notion that a causally effective incorporeal body is even coherent requires the belief that something can affect what's material, without physically existing at the point of effect.


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