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Syllabification: tan·gi·ble
Pronunciation: /ˈtanjəb(ə)l

Definition of tangible in English:


1Perceptible by touch: the atmosphere of neglect and abandonment was almost tangible
More example sentences
  • The attraction between us was almost tangible, electricity visible to the naked eye.
  • Night closed in with an almost tangible intensity.
  • When we stopped getting outbreaks in the autumn of last year the relief, not only in country areas and among farmers but nationally, was almost tangible.
1.1Clear and definite; real: the emphasis is now on tangible results
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  • Being labeled hypocrites is a price worth paying if it yields tangible results in the real world.
  • I am very satisfied with what we have done and can really see some clear and tangible results.
  • Could it be that there was actually a real and tangible hope that we would get out of here?


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A thing that is perceptible by touch.
Example sentences
  • Even in the straight world of economics, where production and tangibles were once central, indices of happiness, creativity and other non-material values have taken centre stage.
  • That's why companies that once measured their worth strictly in terms of tangibles such as factories, inventory, and cash have realized that a vibrant brand, with its implicit promise of quality, is an equally important asset.
  • Even without the should and will distinction, expectations regarding tangibles are consistently low in people-based industries.


late 16th century: from French, or from late Latin tangibilis, from tangere 'to touch'.



Pronunciation: /ˌtanjəˈbilitē/
Example sentences
  • Some people, for example, insist on tangibility as a criterion of the real, while others think that models and theories are real only if they are useful or operationally successful, rather than descriptive.
  • I love the tangibility of a CD - its cover art and liner notes.
  • OK, paying for stamps is a total pain and email is free, but there's something to be said for the tangibility of the letter.


Example sentences
  • Others, however, argue that the tangibleness of paper documents yields certain benefits that will never disappear.
  • This research selects three service areas for which transaction costs are likely to be significant, based on the tangibleness of service outputs and the complexity of service products.
  • The solidity and tangibleness of the material world about us is an illusion.


Example sentences
  • History books will tell us if these two days were the frontpiece of a missed military opportunity or whether the feeling that conflict was tangibly close was simply the result of media interpretation.
  • In any event, state decision-makers will have to be moved by expressions of popular sentiment tangibly marked by active demonstration.
  • And they can learn a lot from a curriculum that itself contributes tangibly to the well-being of the community.

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