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[in-tan-juh-buh l] /ɪnˈtæn dʒə bəl/
not tangible; incapable of being perceived by the sense of touch, as incorporeal or immaterial things; impalpable.
not definite or clear to the mind:
intangible arguments.
(of an asset) existing only in connection with something else, as the goodwill of a business.
something intangible, especially an intangible asset:
Intangibles are hard to value.
Origin of intangible
1630-40; < Medieval Latin intangibilis. See in-3, tangible
Related forms
intangibility, intangibleness, noun
intangibly, adverb
2. vague, elusive, fleeting. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for intangible
  • Each place possesses a distinctive set of tangible and intangible characteristics that help to distinguish it from other places.
  • But shipwreck victims are case studies in the intangible attributes of survivors.
  • It doesn't matter what method you use if you do not first focus on one intangible factor: the bond between professor and student.
  • Clicking the mouse is an instrumental touch of the device that purveys an intangible thing through it.
  • Now there is evidence that life experience as intangible as culture can also reorganize our neural pathways.
  • For example, knowledge-an intangible, abstract concept-is often recast in terms of the concrete experience of sight.
  • We live and die in a society beholden to an intangible number in cyberspace, believed to be wealth.
  • In every corner of academia are those who would wish their field remain elite and completely intangible for outsiders.
  • Angling delivers the wily spiritual satisfactions that come with giving yourself to something that offers only intangible payback.
  • There is an intangible excitement in seeing a balloon float in midair.
British Dictionary definitions for intangible


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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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