[ 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

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 intangible


/ (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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