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From Middle English corporealle, equivalent to Latin corporeus +‎ -al, from corpus (body); compare corporal.


  • (rhotic) IPA(key): /kɔːɹˈpɔːɹiəl/
  • (non-rhotic) IPA(key): /kɔːˈpɔːɹiəl/
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corporeal (comparative more corporeal, superlative most corporeal)

  1. Material; tangible; physical.
    • 1667, John Milton, “(please specify the book number)”, in Paradise Lost. [], London: [] [Samuel Simmons], [], →OCLC; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: [], London: Basil Montagu Pickering [], 1873, →OCLC:
      His omnipotence That to corporeal substance could add Speed almost spiritual.
    • 2014, Volker Meja, Nico Stehr, Knowledge and Politics:
      Sometimes the attempt was made to reduce the inner to the outer world (Condillac, Mach, Avenarius, materialism); sometimes the outer to the inner world (Descartes, Berkeley, Fichte); sometimes the sphere of the absolute to the others (e.g., by trying to infer causally the essence and existence of something divine in general); sometimes the vital world to the pregivenness of the dead corporeal world (as in the empathy theory of life, espoused, among others, by Descartes and Theodor Lipps); sometimes the assumption of a co-world to a pregivenness of the own inner world of the assuming subject combined with that of an outer corporeal world (theories of analogy to and empathy with the consciousness of others);
  2. (archaic) Pertaining to the body; bodily; corporal.
    • 2000, Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin:
      She is always diagnosing me. My corporeal health is of almost as much interest to her as my spiritual health: she is especially proprietary about my bowels.



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