incorporeal

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in- +‎ corporeal

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  • IPA(key): /ɪŋkɔː(ɹ)ˈpɔːɹiəl/
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incorporeal (comparative more incorporeal, superlative most incorporeal)

  1. Having no material form or physical substance.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 1”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: [] [Samuel Simmons], [], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: [], London: Basil Montagu Pickering [], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
      Thus incorporeal spirits to smaller forms / Reduced their shapes immense.
    • 1692, Richard Bentley, [A Confutation of Atheism] (please specify the sermon), London: [Thomas Parkhurst; Henry Mortlock], published 1692–1693:
      Sense and perception must necessarily proceed from some incorporeal substance within us.
  2. (law) Relating to an asset that does not have a material form; such as a patent.

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