- 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 tangibly
What happened was, [plastic surgery] was the one thing I did that I felt like I could tangibly grasp onto.Meet Justin Jedlica, the Real Life Ken Doll
April 15, 2014
What comes across most tangibly from Abdi is a sense of delicious disbelief, to suddenly find himself where he is.Barkhad Abdi: From Limo Driver to Oscar Contender
February 23, 2014
The image of the pale girl rose before him, tangibly distinct.The Emperor, Complete
I had been tangibly smitten; I longed to be tangibly healed.Richard Vandermarck
Miriam Coles Harris
Through the feeling of doom that filled the room as tangibly as a scent I stretched out to the thought of Chris.The Return of the Soldier
An expert accomplishes his deceit without anything so grossly and tangibly honest as a lie; and Louis was an expert.Lords of the North
A. C. Laut
The air was charged with something that all felt too tangibly oppressive, yet none could define, save the two—who would not.One Day
- 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 tangibly
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.