- capable of being touched; discernible by the touch; material or substantial.
- real or actual, rather than imaginary or visionary: the tangible benefits of sunshine.
- definite; not vague or elusive: no tangible grounds for suspicion.
- (of an asset) having actual physical existence, as real estate or chattels, and therefore capable of being assigned a value in monetary terms.
- something tangible, especially a tangible asset.
Origin of tangible
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- capable of being touched or felt; having real substancea tangible object
- capable of being clearly grasped by the mind; substantial rather than imaginarytangible evidence
- having a physical existence; corporealtangible assets
- (often plural) a tangible thing or asset
Word Origin and History for non-tangible
1580s, "capable of being touched," from Middle French tangible, from Late Latin tangibilis "that may be touched," from Latin tangere "to touch" (see tangent). Sense of "material" (e.g. tangible reward) is first recorded 1610s; that of "able to be realized or dealt with" is from 1709.