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
Related formsin·tact·ly, adverbin·tact·ness, noun

Synonym study

1. See complete. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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

British Dictionary definitions for intactness



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 intactness



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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