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[tan-juh-buh l] /ˈtæn dʒə bəl/
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
1580-90; < Late Latin tangibilis, equivalent to Latin tang(ere) to touch + -ibilis -ible
Related forms
tangibility, tangibleness, noun
tangibly, adverb
nontangible, adjective
nontangibleness, noun
nontangibly, adverb
pretangible, adjective
pretangibly, adverb
quasi-tangible, adjective
quasi-tangibly, adverb
untangible, adjective
1. palpable, corporeal. 2. certain, genuine, perceptible. 3. specific. Unabridged
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  • The image of the pale girl rose before him, tangibly distinct.

    The Emperor, Complete Georg Ebers
  • I had been tangibly smitten; I longed to be tangibly healed.

    Richard Vandermarck

    Miriam Coles Harris
  • Through the feeling of doom that filled the room as tangibly as a scent I stretched out to the thought of Chris.

  • An expert accomplishes his deceit without anything so grossly and tangibly honest as a lie; and Louis was an expert.

    Lords of the North A. C. Laut
  • The air was charged with something that all felt too tangibly oppressive, yet none could define, save the two—who would not.

    One Day Anonymous
  • The moral values are there, so to speak, palpably, tangibly; and the individual has only to use his mind enough to notice them.


    John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts
  • Nay, apart from spiritualities; and considering him merely as a real, marketable, tangibly useful possession.

    Heroes and Hero Worship Thomas Carlyle
  • It was only ten days later, at high mass, that the success of her strategy was tangibly proved.

    Cape Breton Tales Harry James Smith
British Dictionary definitions for tangibly


capable of being touched or felt; having real substance: a tangible object
capable of being clearly grasped by the mind; substantial rather than imaginary: tangible evidence
having a physical existence; corporeal: tangible assets
(often pl) a tangible thing or asset
Derived Forms
tangibility, tangibleness, noun
tangibly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin tangibilis, from Latin tangere to touch
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Word Origin and History for tangibly



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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