Define: Materiality

UK Accounting Glossary

Definition: Materiality

Quick Summary of Materiality

Information is material if its omission or misstatement could influence the economic decisions of users taken on the basis of the financial statements.

What is the dictionary definition of Materiality?

Dictionary Definition

Within auditing and accounting, Materiality is a concept or convention relating to the importance/significance of an amount, transaction, or discrepancy.

  1. The quality of being material; having a physical existence.
  2. legal The quality of being of consequence to a legal decision.


Synonyms For Materiality

substantiality, corporeality, substance, importance, significance

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Modern Language Association (MLA):
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Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
Materiality. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. (accessed: February 26, 2020).
American Psychological Association (APA):
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Definition Sources

Definitions for Materiality are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 23rd December 2018.