- not altered, broken, or impaired; remaining uninjured, sound, or whole; untouched; unblemished: The vase remained intact despite rough handling.
- not changed or diminished; not influenced or swayed: Despite misfortune, his faith is still intact.
- complete or whole, especially not castrated or emasculated.
- having the hymen unbroken; virginal.
Origin of intact
1400–50; late Middle English < Latin intāctus untouched, equivalent to in- in-3 + tāctus, past participle of tangere to touch
1. See complete.
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Examples from the Web for intact
Cleaning the winery, the team has located a mix of “completely smashed barrels, open bung barrels, and intact barrels.”Cleaning Up From Napa's Winepocalypse
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In childhood, having an intact family with two parents is the perfect world.The ‘Maleficent’ Screenwriter Also Wrote ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’
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The team had to make sure all the robots and lights were in place and the synchronicity of all the elements was intact.Alfonso Cuarón on the Making of His Instant Sci-Fi Classic ‘Gravity’
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But the broader trend is intact: more people are working at higher wages, and wages are being taxed at a higher rate.Oh Look, There Goes the Deficit
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All indications are that the 777 was intact, with no fire, when it reached the runway.San Francisco Airplane Crash Landing: What Happened?
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The whole is a ruin, yet intact, if I may be pardoned the paradox.The Roof of France
The plaster or cement coating is intact, and the inscription is plain.
For the army would still be intact, and that was the essential point.England and Germany
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The soles of the old pair were intact, but the stubby toes were protruding.In a Little Town
The former work is the earliest Greek textbook which has reached us intact.The Legacy of Greece
- untouched or unimpaired; left complete or perfect
C15: from Latin intactus not touched, from tangere to touch
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Word Origin and History for intact
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