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, such as reputation or a patent) not physical or financial, and often not measurable or transferable, but contributing to the value of a business.
something intangible, especially an intangible asset: Intangibles are hard to value.
- in·tan·gi·bil·i·ty [in-tan-juh-bil-i-tee], /ɪnˌtæn dʒəˈbɪl ɪ ti/, in·tan·gi·ble·ness, noun
- in·tan·gi·bly, adverb
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How to use intangible in a sentence
Until then, offsets had seemed abstract and intangible to me.
Though it can be viscerally felt, company culture is a largely intangible thing—all the more so when there’s no office to bring people together and serve as a physical manifestation of an organization’s style or values.Watch: Quartz at Work’s workshop on building company culture remotely | Heather Landy | October 2, 2020 | Quartz
It’s these intangibles that provide context to music, and these difficult-to-describe elements can’t be represented in data that software understands—at least for now.How A.I. is playing a bigger role in music streaming than you ever imagined | jonathanvanian2015 | October 2, 2020 | Fortune
This is a necessary resource, just as familiar as the first one, including both tangible and intangible assets.How would an SEO agency be built today? Part 2: Current business model(s) | Sponsored Content: SEOmonitor | September 16, 2020 | Search Engine Land
Yet there were so many intangibles — a love of nature, the busy pace of life, the high cost of moving — that conspired to keep us from leaving.Climate Change Will Force a New American Migration | by Abrahm Lustgarten, photography by Meridith Kohut | September 15, 2020 | ProPublica
Indeed, in 2011 UNESCO received a formal petition to declare Latin and Greek an “intangible heritage of humanity.”The Classics are Dead! Long Live the Classics! Mary Beard’s New Book | Nick Romeo | September 20, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The touted gains of attack are intangible, while its downside is real and grave.
Does coming to terms with the past require the destruction of its effects, tangible or intangible?Spain’s Ghosts: The Fight Over the Memories of War | James McAuley | September 2, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Or is there something more intangible going on in the workplace?
In fact, intellectual property and, more broadly, intangible assets now dominate American business.New Calculations of U.S. GDP Finally Take Research and Development Into Account | Robert Shapiro | August 2, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The way seemed perfectly plain, and yet everything seemed intangible, unreal.The Everlasting Arms | Joseph Hocking
What becomes of the invisible and intangible molecules which have composed our body during life?Urania | Camille Flammarion
It was his link with the otherwise inaccessible and intangible elements in her, the elements that made for separation.The Creators | May Sinclair
Instantly in a single dazzling flash of flame the tangible forest symbol vanished in intangible fragrance.Molly Make-Believe | Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
Besides, we shall have to examine whether the earth be invisible without fire, and the fire intangible without822 the earth.Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 3 | Plotinos (Plotinus)
British Dictionary definitions for intangible
incapable of being perceived by touch; impalpable
imprecise or unclear to the mind: intangible ideas
(of property or a business asset) saleable though not possessing intrinsic productive value
something that is intangible
- intangibility or intangibleness, noun
- intangibly, adverb
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