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[in-takt] /ɪnˈtækt/
not altered, broken, or impaired; remaining uninjured, sound, or whole; untouched; unblemished:
The vase remained intact despite rough handling.
not changed or diminished; not influenced or swayed:
Despite misfortune, his faith is still intact.
complete or whole, especially not castrated or emasculated.
having the hymen unbroken; virginal.
Origin of intact
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin intāctus untouched, equivalent to in- in-3 + tāctus, past participle of tangere to touch
Related forms
intactly, adverb
intactness, noun
1. See complete. Unabridged
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  • Investigation showed the hull to be intact but two of the hatches had been torn off their hinges and were nowhere in sight.

    Before Egypt E. K. Jarvis
  • For the army would still be intact, and that was the essential point.

    England and Germany Emile Joseph Dillon
  • Adam looked carefully at the mongoose box as the African went by, and was glad to see that it was intact.

  • The soles of the old pair were intact, but the stubby toes were protruding.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • The Adagio is intact, but there are only a few measures of the Minuet.

British Dictionary definitions for intact


untouched or unimpaired; left complete or perfect
Derived Forms
intactness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin intactus not touched, from tangere to touch
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Word Origin and History for intact

mid-15c., from Latin intactus "untouched, uninjured, undefiled," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + tactus, past participle of tangere "to touch" (see tangent).

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