[ in-tan-juh-buhl ]
/ ɪnˈtæn dʒə bəl /


not tangible; incapable of being perceived by the sense of touch, as incorporeal or immaterial things; impalpable.
not definite or clear to the mind: intangible arguments.
(of an asset) existing only in connection with something else, as the goodwill of a business.


something intangible, especially an intangible asset: Intangibles are hard to value.

Nearby words

  1. intaglio,
  2. intail,
  3. intake,
  4. intake manifold,
  5. intake valve,
  6. intarsia,
  7. intarsist,
  8. integer,
  9. integer vitae,
  10. integers

Origin of intangible

From the Medieval Latin word intangibilis, dating back to 1630–40. See in-3, tangible

SYNONYMS FOR intangible
Related formsin·tan·gi·bil·i·ty, in·tan·gi·ble·ness, nounin·tan·gi·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for intangibility


/ (ɪnˈtændʒɪbəl) /


incapable of being perceived by touch; impalpable
imprecise or unclear to the mindintangible ideas
(of property or a business asset) saleable though not possessing intrinsic productive value


something that is intangible
Derived Formsintangibility or intangibleness, nounintangibly, adverb

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Word Origin and History for intangibility



1630s, "incapable of being touched," from French intangible (c.1500) or directly from Medieval Latin intangibilis, from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + Late Latin tangibilis "that may be touched" (see tangible). Figurative sense of "that cannot be grasped by the mind" is from 1880. Noun meaning "anything intangible" is from 1914. Related: Intangibly.

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