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incorporeal

Something that has no material form or physical substance can be described as incorporeal. If you believe in spirits or ghosts that can't be touched or seen but only felt, then you believe in the incorporeal.

Incorporeal comes from a combination of the Latin root words in- meaning "not" and corpus meaning "body." Combined they form incorporeus, meaning "without body," which is precisely what something incorporeal is. A haunted house is plagued by incorporeal, or immaterial spirits. You don't see them, but they are there, rattling windows, slamming doors, scaring the living daylights out of you.

Definitions of incorporeal
  1. adjective
    without material form or substance
    “an incorporeal spirit”
    synonyms: immaterial
    unbodied
    having no body
    bodiless, discorporate, disembodied, unbodied, unembodied
    not having a material body
    spiritual
    lacking material body or form or substance
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    Antonyms:
    corporeal, material
    having material or physical form or substance
    bodied
    having a body or a body of a specified kind; often used in combination
    bodily
    having or relating to a physical material body
    bodied, corporal, corporate, embodied, incarnate
    possessing or existing in bodily form
    reincarnate
    having a new body
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