AskDefine | Define incorporeal

Dictionary Definition

incorporeal adj : without material form or substance; "an incorporeal spirit" [syn: immaterial] [ant: corporeal]

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  1. Having no material form or substance.
  2. Relating to an asset that does not have a material form; such as a patent.


Extensive Definition

Incorporeal, from Latin, means without the nature of a body or substance. The idea of the incorporeal refers to the notion that there is an incorporeal realm or place, that is distinct from the corporeal or material world. Incorporeal beings are not made out of matter in the way a physical, material being exists. The idea of the immaterial is often used in reference to God or the Divine. God has at times been carefully defined as the Prime Mover or First Cause that exists in an incorporeal or intelligible realm that transcends both space and time, especially in the physical realm.
Many philosophers have referred to the incorporeal idea and methods. Most notable are:
Thought thinking itself can also be considered to be an incorporeal method. Concepts in mathematics have also been considered by some to have an incorporeal nature.

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