But instead they found the intangible benefits of connection to be greater than the physical comforts of running water.
I was just working on an essay where I was talking about the intangible value of darkness.
By Nightfall impresses a sense of mourning for the intangible, somehow linking it back to those twin Keatsian themes.
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.