adjective tan·gi·ble \ˈtan-jə-bəl\

: easily seen or recognized

: able to be touched or felt

Full Definition of TANGIBLE

a :  capable of being perceived especially by the sense of touch :  palpable
b :  substantially real :  material
:  capable of being precisely identified or realized by the mind <her grief was tangible>
:  capable of being appraised at an actual or approximate value <tangible assets>
tan·gi·bil·i·ty \ˌtan-jə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
tan·gi·ble·ness \ˈtan-jə-bəl-nəs\ noun
tan·gi·bly \-blē\ adverb

Examples of TANGIBLE

  1. There is no tangible evidence to support her claim.
  2. Their sense of relief was almost tangible.
  3. These days, an environmentally conscious motorist can walk into a Toyota or Honda dealer and snap up an efficient gasoline-electric hybrid, but the omega point of green driving—the pollution-free hydrogen fuel cell vehicle—is so elusive that one wonders if it will ever become tangible. —Brad Lemley, Discover, October 2002

Origin of TANGIBLE

Late Latin tangibilis, from Latin tangere to touch
First Known Use: 1589

Rhymes with TANGIBLE


noun tan·gi·ble \ˈtan-jə-bəl\

Definition of TANGIBLE

:  something that is tangible (see 1tangible); especially :  an asset capable of being appraised at an actual or approximate value

Examples of TANGIBLE

  1. In this agora, the price of what you buy and sell need bear no implacable relationship to any tangibles. —Jodie Allen, New Republic, 5 June 2000

Origin of TANGIBLE

(see 1tangible)
First Known Use: 1890


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