ma·te·ri·al 1 /mə-'tir-ē-əl/ adj
1: of, relating to, or consisting of physical matter
2: being of real importance or consequence
3: being an essential component
the material terms of the contract
4: being relevant to a subject under consideration; specif: being such as would affect or be taken into consideration by a reasonable person in acting or making a decision see also insider trading
ma·te·ri·al·i·ty /mə-ˌtir-ē-'a-lə-tē/ n
ma·te·ri·al·ly adv
material 2 n: something used for or made the object of consideration or study; specif: evidence see also brady material

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (important) adjective basic, capital, cardinal, central, compelling, consequential, considerable, critical, crucial, decisive, effective, essential, extensive, far-reaching, fundamental, indispensable, influential, key, leading, main, major, memorable, momentous, necessary, paramount, pertinent, pivotal, prevalent, primary, principal, relevant, remarkable, salient, signal, significant, substantial, valuable, vital, weighty, worth considering associated concepts: material allegation, material alteration, material amendment, material change in circumstances, material defect, material defendant, material departure from the truth, material error, material evidence, material fact, material false representation, material misrepresentation, material witness II (physical) adjective actual, bodily, concrete, corporeal, corporeus, de facto, earthly, mundane, nonspiritual, palpable, real, secular, solid, substantial, tactile, tangible, temporal, unspiritual, worldly associated concepts: material furnished III index appreciable, article (commodity), bodily, cardinal (basic), concrete, considerable, corporal, corporeal, critical (crucial), crucial, equipment, essential (required), expedient, important (significant), major, momentous, mundane, noteworthy, objective, paraphernalia (apparatus), pertinent, physical, relative (relevant), relevant, resource, subject (topic), substance (essential nature), substantive, tangible, virtual

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Essential; important; relevant to establishing a cause of action or arriving at a judgment; see also immaterial

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

1) Relevant and significant information — for example, material evidence as distinguished from evidence of minor importance.
2) An essential contractual condition — for example, a material provision — which, if not performed is justification for the other party to claim breach of contract and seek remedies.
3) A type of representation made to induce someone to enter into a contract to which the person would not have agreed without that assertion. If a material representation proves not to be true, the contract can be rescinded or canceled without liability.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

1 Of evidence, that it is important or essential to an adjudication or determination.
2 Having a logical connection to the matters under consideration.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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 substantial probative value as to establish the truth or falsity of a point in issue in a lawsuit.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

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 substantial probative value as to establish the truth or falsity of a point in issue in a lawsuit.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   relevant and significant. In a lawsuit, "material evidence" is distinguished from totally irrelevant or of such minor importance that the court will either ignore it, rule it immaterial if objected to, or not allow lengthy testimony upon such a matter. A "material breach" of a contract is a valid excuse by the other party not to perform. However, an insignificant divergence from the terms of the contract is not a material breach.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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