- 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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Examples from the Web for tangibility
In them the persons of the gods had neither consistence nor tangibility.A history of art in ancient Egypt, Vol. I (of 2)
She laid hands on Hilda's previous references as a tangibility that remained with her.Hilda
Sarah Jeanette Duncan
Her imagination was making desperate efforts to reproduce the scene with the tangibility of life.The White Terror and The Red
The difference between the two is that of tangibility or visibility, but nothing more.The Japanese Spirit
He had not yet seen his bride that morning, and so her face was shadowy compared with the tangibility of those machines.
- 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 tangibility
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.