[ in-tan-juh-buhl ]
See synonyms for: intangibleintangiblesintangibly on

  1. not tangible; incapable of being perceived by the sense of touch, as incorporeal or immaterial things; impalpable.

  2. not definite or clear to the mind: intangible arguments.

  1. (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.

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

Origin of intangible

First recorded in 1630–40; from Medieval Latin intangibilis; see in-3, tangible

Other words for intangible

Other words from intangible

  • 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

Words Nearby intangible Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use intangible in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for intangible


/ (ɪnˈtændʒɪbəl) /

  1. incapable of being perceived by touch; impalpable

  2. imprecise or unclear to the mind: intangible ideas

  1. (of property or a business asset) saleable though not possessing intrinsic productive value

  1. something that is intangible

Derived forms of intangible

  • intangibility or intangibleness, noun
  • intangibly, adverb

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