- 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 intangibly
Just now it was the expression of his face, intangibly different—or had she never taken the trouble to notice him before?
And each time he caught that passing look it touched him and intangibly drew him closer to her.The Silver Poppy
The change that had begun subtly, intangibly, was now a terrible and glaring difference.The Border Legion
Irresistibly urging, intangibly irritating, perpetually suggesting, they had prepared him for the dominion of Jane Holland.The Creators
The call upon the contessa left them both with an intangibly unpleasant sensation.The Spell
William Dana Orcutt
- 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 intangibly
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.