- not tangible; incapable of being perceived by the sense of touch, as incorporeal or immaterial things; impalpable.
- not definite or clear to the mind: intangible arguments.
- (of an asset) existing only in connection with something else, as the goodwill of a business.
- something intangible, especially an intangible asset: Intangibles are hard to value.
Origin of intangible
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Examples from the Web for intangible
Indeed, in 2011 UNESCO received a formal petition to declare Latin and Greek an “intangible heritage of humanity.”The Classics are Dead! Long Live the Classics! Mary Beard’s New Book
September 20, 2013
The touted gains of attack are intangible, while its downside is real and grave.Obama Needs a Friend in Congress—Like Bush Had
September 10, 2013
Does coming to terms with the past require the destruction of its effects, tangible or intangible?Spain’s Ghosts: The Fight Over the Memories of War
September 2, 2013
In fact, intellectual property and, more broadly, intangible assets now dominate American business.New Calculations of U.S. GDP Finally Take Research and Development Into Account
August 2, 2013
I was just working on an essay where I was talking about the intangible value of darkness.Is Light Pollution the Easiest Environmental Problem to Fix?
July 17, 2013
Why should he battle and strive for an unattainable something as intangible as a dream?Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
The intangible monster of a misunderstanding had crept between them.Meadow Grass
He paused, and looked at his companion as if seeking that intangible something.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
The obvious dead, the intangible alive, and no connection at all between them!Howards End
E. M. Forster
But that fear was not like this fear, which was intimate, personal but intangible.The Vagrant Duke
- incapable of being perceived by touch; impalpable
- imprecise or unclear to the mindintangible ideas
- (of property or a business asset) saleable though not possessing intrinsic productive value
- something that is intangible
Word Origin and History for intangible
1630s, "incapable of being touched," from French intangible (c.1500) or directly from Medieval Latin intangibilis, from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + Late Latin tangibilis "that may be touched" (see tangible). Figurative sense of "that cannot be grasped by the mind" is from 1880. Noun meaning "anything intangible" is from 1914. Related: Intangibly.