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

1580–90; < Late Latin tangibilis, equivalent to Latin tang(ere) to touch + -ibilis -ible
Related formstan·gi·bil·i·ty, tan·gi·ble·ness, nountan·gi·bly, adverbnon·tan·gi·ble, adjectivenon·tan·gi·ble·ness, nounnon·tan·gi·bly, adverbpre·tan·gi·ble, adjectivepre·tan·gi·bly, adverbqua·si-tan·gi·ble, adjectivequa·si-tan·gi·bly, adverbun·tan·gi·ble, adjective

Synonyms for tangible

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Examples from the Web for tangibly

Contemporary Examples of tangibly

Historical Examples of tangibly

  • The image of the pale girl rose before him, tangibly distinct.

  • 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.

  • An expert accomplishes his deceit without anything so grossly and tangibly honest as a lie; and Louis was an expert.

  • The air was charged with something that all felt too tangibly oppressive, yet none could define, save the two—who would not.

    One Day


British Dictionary definitions for tangibly



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
Derived Formstangibility or tangibleness, nountangibly, adverb

Word Origin for tangible

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

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