material adj1 : of, relating to, or consisting of physical matter
2 : being of real importance or consequence
3 : being an essential component [the terms of the contract]
4 : being relevant to a subject under consideration
: being such as would affect or be taken into consideration by a reasonable person in acting or making a decision see also insider trading
n : something used for or made the object of consideration or study
: evidence see also brady material
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.