Corporeal is a thing that has a physical existence and is capable of being seen and touched. In reference to law, “corporeal” is used primarily in the context of property. Louisiana has a statute that defines corporeal and incorporeal. As per Louisiana Civil Code Article 461, corporeals are things that have a body, whether animate or inanimate, and can be felt or touched. It can be both moveable and immovable, for example, land is an immovable corporeal and money is a movable corporeal property. On the other hand, incorporeals are things that have no physical appearance or body, such as right of inheritance, servitudes, obligations and right of intellectual property.
[Last updated in June of 2021 by the Wex Definitions Team]