[ 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.

Origin of intangible

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

SYNONYMS FOR intangible

Related forms

in·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 Forms

intangibility or intangibleness, nounintangibly, adverb
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