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  1. not altered, broken, or impaired; remaining uninjured, sound, or whole; untouched; unblemished: The vase remained intact despite rough handling.
  2. not changed or diminished; not influenced or swayed: Despite misfortune, his faith is still intact.
  3. complete or whole, especially not castrated or emasculated.
  4. having the hymen unbroken; virginal.

Origin of intact

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin intāctus untouched, equivalent to in- in-3 + tāctus, past participle of tangere to touch
Related formsin·tact·ly, adverbin·tact·ness, noun

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  1. untouched or unimpaired; left complete or perfect
Derived Formsintactness, noun

Word Origin for intact

C15: from Latin intactus not touched, from tangere to touch
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Word Origin and History for intact

mid-15c., from Latin intactus "untouched, uninjured, undefiled," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + tactus, past participle of tangere "to touch" (see tangent).

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