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intangible

[in-tan-juh-buh l] /ɪnˈtæn dʒə bəl/
adjective
1.
not tangible; incapable of being perceived by the sense of touch, as incorporeal or immaterial things; impalpable.
2.
not definite or clear to the mind:
intangible arguments.
3.
(of an asset) existing only in connection with something else, as the goodwill of a business.
noun
4.
something intangible, especially an intangible asset:
Intangibles are hard to value.
Origin
1630-1640
1630-40; < Medieval Latin intangibilis. See in-3, tangible
Related forms
intangibility, intangibleness, noun
intangibly, adverb
Synonyms
2. vague, elusive, fleeting.
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British Dictionary definitions for intangibility

intangible

/ɪnˈtændʒɪbəl/
adjective
1.
incapable of being perceived by touch; impalpable
2.
imprecise or unclear to the mind: intangible ideas
3.
(of property or a business asset) saleable though not possessing intrinsic productive value
noun
4.
something that is intangible
Derived Forms
intangibility, intangibleness, noun
intangibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for intangibility

intangible

adj.

1630s, "incapable of being touched," from French intangible (c.1500) or directly from Medieval Latin intangibilis, from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + Late Latin tangibilis "that may be touched" (see tangible). Figurative sense of "that cannot be grasped by the mind" is from 1880. Noun meaning "anything intangible" is from 1914. Related: Intangibly.

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