tangibleness

tangible

[tan-juh-buhl]
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:
1580–90; < Late Latin tangibilis, equivalent to Latin tang(ere) to touch + -ibilis -ible

tangibility, tangibleness, noun
tangibly, adverb
nontangible, adjective
nontangibleness, noun
nontangibly, adverb
pretangible, adjective
pretangibly, adverb
quasi-tangible, adjective
quasi-tangibly, adverb
untangible, adjective


1. palpable, corporeal. 2. certain, genuine, perceptible. 3. specific.
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tangible (ˈtændʒəbəl)
 
adj
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
 
n
4.  (often plural) a tangible thing or asset
 
[C16: from Late Latin tangibilis, from Latin tangere to touch]
 
tangi'bility
 
n
 
'tangibleness
 
n
 
'tangibly
 
adv

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tangible
1589, "capable of being touched," from M.Fr. tangible, from L.L. tangibilis "that may be touched," from L. tangere "to touch" (see tangent). Sense of "material" (e.g. tangible reward) is first recorded 1620; that of "able to be realized or dealt with" is from 1709.
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