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tangible

[tan-juh-buh l] /ˈtæn dʒə bəl/
adjective
1.
capable of being touched; discernible by the touch; material or substantial.
2.
real or actual, rather than imaginary or visionary:
the tangible benefits of sunshine.
3.
definite; not vague or elusive:
no tangible grounds for suspicion.
4.
(of an asset) having actual physical existence, as real estate or chattels, and therefore capable of being assigned a value in monetary terms.
noun
5.
something tangible, especially a tangible asset.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < Late Latin tangibilis, equivalent to Latin tang(ere) to touch + -ibilis -ible
Related forms
tangibility, tangibleness, noun
tangibly, adverb
nontangible, adjective
nontangibleness, noun
nontangibly, adverb
pretangible, adjective
pretangibly, adverb
quasi-tangible, adjective
quasi-tangibly, adverb
untangible, adjective
Synonyms
1. palpable, corporeal. 2. certain, genuine, perceptible. 3. specific.
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British Dictionary definitions for quasi-tangible

tangible

/ˈtændʒəbəl/
adjective
1.
capable of being touched or felt; having real substance: a tangible object
2.
capable of being clearly grasped by the mind; substantial rather than imaginary: tangible evidence
3.
having a physical existence; corporeal: tangible assets
noun
4.
(often pl) a tangible thing or asset
Derived Forms
tangibility, tangibleness, noun
tangibly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin tangibilis, from Latin tangere to touch
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Word Origin and History for quasi-tangible

tangible

adj.

1580s, "capable of being touched," from Middle French tangible, from Late Latin tangibilis "that may be touched," from Latin tangere "to touch" (see tangent). Sense of "material" (e.g. tangible reward) is first recorded 1610s; that of "able to be realized or dealt with" is from 1709.

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