Commodity vs Matter - What's the difference?

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Commodity is a related term of matter.

As nouns the difference between commodity and matter

is that commodity is (obsolete) convenience; usefulness, suitability while matter is .



Alternative forms

* commoditie (archaic )


  • (obsolete) Convenience; usefulness, suitability.
  • Anything movable (a good) that is bought and sold.
  • * 1995 , James G. Carrier, Gifts and Commodities: Exchange and Western Capitalism Since 1700 , p.122
  • If a key part of shopping is the conversion of anonymous commodities into possessions, shopping is a cultural as much as an economic activity.
  • * 2001 , Rachel Pain, Introducing Social Geographies , p.26
  • In human geography "commodities'" usually refers to goods and services which are bought and sold. The simplest ' commodities are those produced by the production system just before they are sold.
  • * 2005 , William Leiss, Botterill, Jacki, Social Communication in Advertising: Consumption in the Mediated Marketplace , p.307
  • *:* Referring to the work of Bourdieu, Zukin (2004,38) notes that shopping is much more than the purchase of commodities
  • Something useful or valuable.
  • * 2008 , Jan. 14th, Somerset County Gazette
  • And Slade said: "It really makes me sad that football club chairmen and boards seem to have lost that most precious commodity - patience. "Sam's sacking at Newcastle had, I suppose, been on the cards for a while, but it is really ridiculous to fire a manager after such a short time.
  • (obsolete) Self-interest; personal convenience or advantage.
  • *, I.40:
  • Shall we employ the intelligence Heaven hath bestowed upon us for our greatest good, to our ruine? repugning natures desseign and the universal order and vicissitude of things, which implieth that every man should use his instruments and meanes for his owne commoditie ?
  • *, NYRB, 2001, vol.1, p.321:
  • they commonly respect their own ends, commodity is the steer of all their action.
  • (economics) Raw materials, agricultural and other primary products as objects of large-scale trading in specialized exchanges.
  • The price of crude oil is determined in continuous trading between professional players in World's many commodities exchanges.
  • (marketing) Undifferentiated goods characterized by a low profit margin, as distinguished from branded products.
  • Although they were once in the forefront of consumer electronics, the calculators have become a mere commodity .
  • (Marxism) Anything which has both a use-value and an exchange-value.
  • matter


    (wikipedia matter)


  • Substance, material.
  • # (physics) The basic structural component of the universe. Matter usually has mass and volume.
  • # (physics) Matter made up of normal particles, not antiparticles. (Non-antimatter matter).
  • # A kind of substance.
  • # Written material (especially in books or magazines).
  • # (philosophy) Aristotelian: undeveloped potentiality subject to change and development; formlessness. Matter receives form, and becomes substance.
  • A condition, subject or affair, especially one of concern.
  • * (Francis Bacon) (1561-1626)
  • if the matter should be tried by duel
  • * (John Milton) (1608-1674)
  • Son of God, Saviour of men! Thy name / Shall be the copious matter of my song.
  • * Bible, (w) xviii. 22
  • Every great matter' they shall bring unto thee, but every small ' matter they shall judge.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=8 , passage=The humor of my proposition appealed more strongly to Miss Trevor than I had looked for, and from that time forward she became her old self again;
  • * 12 July 2012 , Sam Adams, AV Club Ice Age: Continental Drift
  • The matter of whether the world needs a fourth Ice Age movie pales beside the question of why there were three before it, but Continental Drift feels less like an extension of a theatrical franchise than an episode of a middling TV cartoon, lolling around on territory that’s already been settled.
  • An approximate amount or extent.
  • * (John Milton) (1608-1674)
  • No small matter of British forces were commanded over sea the year before.
  • * (w, Roger L'Estrange) (1616-1704)
  • Away he goes,a matter of seven miles.
  • * (William Congreve) (1670-1729)
  • I have thoughts to tarry a small matter .
  • (obsolete) The essence; the pith; the embodiment.
  • * (Ben Jonson) (1572-1637)
  • He is the matter of virtue.
  • (obsolete) Inducing cause or reason, especially of anything disagreeable or distressing.
  • * (John Milton) (1608-1674)
  • And this is the matter why interpreters upon that passage in Hosea will not consent it to be a true story, that the prophet took a harlot to wife.
  • (obsolete) Pus.
  • Synonyms

    * material * stuff * substance

    Derived terms

    (Terms derived from the noun "matter") * a small matter - Somewhat, slightly * as a matter of fact - Actually * as a matter of law * back matter * baryonic matter * baryonic dark matter * degenerate matter * fecal matter * for that matter - In regards to * front matter * gray matter, grey matter * matterless * matter-of-fact * matter of record * mind over matter * mattery * no matter * organic matter * particulate matter * state of matter * strange matter * subject-matter * what's the matter * white matter


    (en verb)
  • To be important.
  • :The only thing that matters to Jim is being rich.
  • :Sorry for pouring ketchup on your clean white shirt! - Oh, don't worry, it does not matter .
  • *
  • *:As a political system democracy seems to me extraordinarily foolish,I do not suppose that it matters much in reality whether laws are made by dukes or cornerboys, but I like, as far as possible, to associate with gentlemen in private life.
  • *{{quote-news, year=2011, date=April 10, author=Alistair Magowan, work=BBC Sport
  • , title= Aston Villa 1-0 Newcastle , passage=Despite further attempts by Agbonlahor and Young, however, they could not find the goal to reward their endeavour.
    It mattered little as Newcastle's challenge faded and Villa began to dominate the game in midfield, and it was only Barton's continued sense of injustice that offered the visitors any spark in a tame contest.}}
  • (transitive, obsolete, outside, dialects) To care about, to mind; to find important.
  • *, Folio Society 1973, p.47:
  • *:Besides, if it had been out of doors I had not mattered it so much; but with my own servant, in my own house, under my own roof
  • To form pus or matter, as an abscess; to maturate.
  • *Sir (Philip Sidney) (1554-1586)
  • *:Each slight sore mattereth .
  • Derived terms

    * it doesn't matter * no matter - In spite of


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