- not altered, broken, or impaired; remaining uninjured, sound, or whole; untouched; unblemished: The vase remained intact despite rough handling.
- not changed or diminished; not influenced or swayed: Despite misfortune, his faith is still intact.
- complete or whole, especially not castrated or emasculated.
- 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
1. See complete.
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Related Words for intactnessgross, completeness, fullness, plenitude, sum, oneness, unity, complex, perfection, totality, aggregate, total, integrity, ensemble, absoluteness, integrality, universality, comprehensiveness, intactness, certitude
Examples from the Web for intactness
Historical Examples of intactness
Remained in all its intactness—its beauty—its well equipped barns with all the splendor of its former days.The Bishop of Cottontown
John Trotwood Moore
- untouched or unimpaired; left complete or perfect
Word Origin for intact
C15: from Latin intactus not touched, from tangere to touch
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