Definition of materially in English:



  • 1[often as submodifier] Substantially; considerably.

    ‘materially different circumstances’
    • ‘What makes it materially different from anything that has come before?’
    • ‘He noted that most police statements were recorded in broken English and differed materially from evidence by witnesses.’
    • ‘The circumstances were not materially different from those at the time of the negative screening opinion.’
    • ‘Your Honour, it is not materially different, in our submission.’
    • ‘The different constituencies do not materially affect the semantic structure of the complex expression.’
    • ‘It is to be noted that this is a stand-alone procedure which differs materially from that of normal licensing applications.’
    • ‘It is materially different in relation to a reserve system of jurors.’
    • ‘In our submission, the question of standard of proof is materially different from the question of pleading.’
    • ‘Moreover, these were and are materially different from any of the established uses found in the Inspector's report of October 1962.’
    • ‘We do not consider that the values will have materially changed from those reported in March 1994 in respect of the property at that time.’
    • ‘The basis of the refusal was that the house being constructed was materially different to the one for which permission was granted.’
    • ‘The statement was ‘false in material particulars and materially misleading’.’
    • ‘This doesn't materially change my analysis, but I thought that I'd flag the correction.’
    • ‘But what if the adjudicator finds the facts to be materially different?’
    • ‘These facts differ materially from those found in cases where the assumption of responsibility test has been applied.’
    • ‘The Secretary of State considers that you have materially embellished your account, concealing material facts.’
    • ‘His interpretation of those events was slightly, but hardly materially, different.’
    • ‘I am satisfied that its condition in 1993 was not materially different.’
    • ‘If the circumstances materially change, or if the undertakings have held back or misrepresented the truth, the decision may be revoked.’
    • ‘So you do not contend that the circumstances are materially different?’
    significantly, greatly, much, very much, to a great extent, considerably, substantially, a great deal, appreciably, markedly, seriously, gravely, essentially, fundamentally
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  • 2In terms of wealth or material possessions.

    ‘a materially and culturally rich area’
    • ‘Let's face it: almost all of us wish to be materially rich, even if we want this so that we can do more good in the world.’
    • ‘Behavioural economists now say part of the reason we are richer but not happier is because we compare ourselves to people better off materially.’
    • ‘The evidence is clear: in spite of being materially richer, people in rich countries are emotionally poorer.’
    • ‘With her being so materially successful, the pressures became enormous in our relationship.’
    • ‘It doesn't really matter how materially privileged they are, they are still miserable and we connive at making them even unhappier.’
    • ‘Even if they are materially disadvantaged they'll still find ways of coping, getting by and making their own entertainment.’
    • ‘These men are materially poor but spiritually rich.’
    • ‘The golden age envisaged here may, perhaps, be spiritually rich, but it is materially poor.’
    • ‘We do see, for example, in the materially less well-off a rampant hopelessness and the social effects that come along with it.’
    • ‘But compared to you I am materially wealthy beyond your wildest dreams.’
    • ‘I always thought it was something simple, like overcompensating materially for our own spare childhood.’
    • ‘He or she will hope to explore his or her full potential in every way, not only materially but also culturally, sexually and spiritually.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, stringers perceive of A Team life as culturally distant and materially ideal.’
    • ‘When they suddenly lost their economical support, they suffered greatly, both materially and spiritually.’
    • ‘Fluctuations in the exchange rate which materially effect the value of European investments are eliminated through currency hedging.’
    • ‘His retrenchment had not left him materially impoverished.’
    • ‘Many people feel empty even in this materially affluent society.’
    • ‘For all his stiffness and faults, his people were materially a lot better off then than they are now; it's the price of bread that matters most.’
    • ‘What a lesson to the West, where we are often materially rich and spiritually bankrupt!’
    • ‘Now, a materially minded person might suggest that in market terms, what we have is a serious imbalance between supply and demand.’