Definition of intangible in English:


Syllabification: in·tan·gi·ble
Pronunciation: /inˈtanjəbəl


  • 1Unable to be touched or grasped; not having physical presence: my companions do not care about cyberspace or anything else so intangible
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    • The minute you walk in, you feel an intangible presence.
    • And, monetary gifts aren't enough, but intangible power, presence, and influence as well.
    • It stands to reason then that intangible means not tangible, unable to touch, or impalpable.
    impalpable, untouchable, incorporeal, discarnate, abstract; ethereal, insubstantial, immaterial, airy; ghostly, spectral, unearthly, supernatural
  • 1.1Difficult or impossible to define or understand; vague and abstract: the rose symbolized something intangible about their relationship
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    • Don't they sound just a little bit vague, intangible, or unclear?
    • With the new relationships, however, some of the favorable effects are intangible and more difficult to quantify and critique.
    • Clients are quick to discuss designs' more abstract and intangible qualities.
    indefinable, indescribable, inexpressible, nameless; vague, obscure, abstract, unclear, indefinite, undefined, subtle, elusive
  • 1.2(Of an asset or benefit) not constituting or represented by a physical object and of a value not precisely measurable: intangible business property like trademarks and patents
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    • But, on average, intangible assets now represent about 80 percent of the market value of public companies.
    • Physical as opposed to intangible assets in businesses in advanced economies such as Ireland's are reducing in importance.
    • A company's book value is its net asset value minus its intangible assets, current liabilities, long-term debt and equity issues.


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  • An intangible thing: intangibles like self-confidence and responsibility
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    • While we may work on intangibles such as pride of the people, pride of being self-determined, we've always asked the question, what's it for?
    • What about those intangibles that could make us all so much happier: income security and increased leisure?
    • There are still some intangibles that I can't quite wrap my mind around.



Pronunciation: /-ˌtanjəˈbilitē/
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  • One of the few hard facts about brands is their intangibility.
  • While exploiting the materiality of the mirror, Sexton's writing's primary interest is in the compelling intangibility of the reflection.
  • In addition, accomplishments are difficult to detect because of their inherent intangibility and measurement difficulty.


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  • I think the hope is that perhaps intangibly it will bring the two countries closer together in a business sense and we'll get benefits from that.
  • Knowledge exists intangibly until it is understood, and then knowledge pours forth like a Fountain.


early 17th century (as an adjective): from French, or from medieval Latin intangibilis, from in- 'not' + late Latin tangibilis (see tangible).

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