- capable of being touched; discernible by the touch; material or substantial.
- real or actual, rather than imaginary or visionary: the tangible benefits of sunshine.
- definite; not vague or elusive: no tangible grounds for suspicion.
- (of an asset) having actual physical existence, as real estate or chattels, and therefore capable of being assigned a value in monetary terms.
- something tangible, especially a tangible asset.
Origin of tangible
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Examples from the Web for tangible
When it comes to tangible gifts, the sharing economy really starts to flex its holiday disrupting muscle.One of a Kind Gifts Are Only a Neighbor Away
December 8, 2014
Relationships that have blossomed via social media and the Internet can feel just as real as any tangible one.Welcome to Oculus XXX: In-Your-Face 3D is the Future of Porn
October 18, 2014
His ability to translate that fleeting moment into a tangible design that others can wear has been a meaningful experience.Miami’s Chris Bosh Goes High Fashion
August 13, 2014
Today, in most middle schools, students have no tangible connection to past academic years or future performance goals.Why Middle School Should Be Abolished
David C. Banks
July 12, 2014
I initially had great hopes that this 10-part miniseries would have a tangible impact on enlarging the jazz audience.Jazz (The Music of Coffee and Donuts) Has Respect, But It Needs Love
June 15, 2014
It was quite as tangible as his money profits promised to be.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Rosa's color and spirits had returned, at the sight of her tangible ally at the gate.Meadow Grass
Had she any tangible ground for believing that Calendar could be found in Queensborough?The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
On every side was the silence, pressing upon them with a tangible presence.White Fang
I take it that trustworthy and honest in tangible things are much the same.Jan and Her Job
L. Allen Harker
- capable of being touched or felt; having real substancea tangible object
- capable of being clearly grasped by the mind; substantial rather than imaginarytangible evidence
- having a physical existence; corporealtangible assets
- (often plural) a tangible thing or asset
Word Origin and History for tangible
1580s, "capable of being touched," from Middle French tangible, from Late Latin tangibilis "that may be touched," from Latin tangere "to touch" (see tangent). Sense of "material" (e.g. tangible reward) is first recorded 1610s; that of "able to be realized or dealt with" is from 1709.