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[in-tan-juh-buh l] /ɪnˈtæn dʒə bəl/
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
From the Medieval Latin word intangibilis, dating back to 1630-40. See in-3, tangible
Related forms
intangibility, intangibleness, noun
intangibly, adverb
2. vague, elusive, fleeting. Unabridged
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  • 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 Arthur Stringer
  • The change that had begun subtly, intangibly, was now a terrible and glaring difference.

    The Border Legion Zane Grey
  • Irresistibly urging, intangibly irritating, perpetually suggesting, they had prepared him for the dominion of Jane Holland.

    The Creators

    May Sinclair
  • The call upon the contessa left them both with an intangibly unpleasant sensation.

    The Spell William Dana Orcutt
  • There was a strange and intangibly sinister quality in the moonlight that streamed dimly into the winding passage.

  • She, as she had been when first he looked upon her, yet intangibly changed, the same yet not the same.

British Dictionary definitions for intangibly


incapable of being perceived by touch; impalpable
imprecise or unclear to the mind: intangible ideas
(of property or a business asset) saleable though not possessing intrinsic productive value
something that is intangible
Derived Forms
intangibility, intangibleness, noun
intangibly, adverb
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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