[ tan-juh-buhl ]
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  1. capable of being touched; discernible by the touch; material or substantial.

  2. real or actual, rather than imaginary or visionary: the tangible benefits of sunshine.

  1. definite; not vague or elusive: no tangible grounds for suspicion.

  2. (of an asset) having actual physical existence, as real estate or chattels, and therefore capable of being assigned a value in monetary terms.

  1. something tangible, especially a tangible asset.

Origin of tangible

First recorded in 1580–90; from Late Latin tangibilis, from Latin tang(ere) “to touch” + -ibilis -ible;cf. tangent

Other words for tangible

Other words from tangible

  • tan·gi·bil·i·ty, tan·gi·ble·ness, noun
  • tan·gi·bly, adverb
  • non·tan·gi·ble, adjective
  • non·tan·gi·ble·ness, noun
  • non·tan·gi·bly, adverb
  • pre·tan·gi·ble, adjective
  • pre·tan·gi·bly, adverb
  • qua·si-tan·gi·ble, adjective
  • qua·si-tan·gi·bly, adverb
  • un·tan·gi·ble, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for tangible


/ (ˈtændʒəbəl) /

  1. capable of being touched or felt; having real substance: a tangible object

  2. capable of being clearly grasped by the mind; substantial rather than imaginary: tangible evidence

  1. having a physical existence; corporeal: tangible assets

  1. (often plural) a tangible thing or asset

Origin of tangible

C16: from Late Latin tangibilis, from Latin tangere to touch

Derived forms of tangible

  • tangibility or tangibleness, noun
  • tangibly, adverb

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