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in·​tan·​gi·​ble (ˌ)in-ˈtan-jə-bəl How to pronounce intangible (audio)
: not tangible : impalpable
education's intangible benefits
intangibility noun
intangibleness noun
intangibly adverb


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: something intangible: such as
: an asset (such as goodwill) that is not corporeal
: an abstract quality or attribute

Examples of intangible in a Sentence

Adjective Leadership is an intangible asset to a company. electrical energy is completely intangible
Recent Examples on the Web
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Word History



French or Medieval Latin; French, from Medieval Latin intangibilis, from Latin in- + Late Latin tangibilis tangible

First Known Use


1640, in the meaning defined above


1914, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of intangible was in 1640

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Cite this Entry

“Intangible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: not capable of being touched
light is intangible
: not capable of being thought of as matter or substance
health's intangible benefits
intangible noun

Legal Definition


1 of 2 adjective
in·​tan·​gi·​ble in-ˈtan-jə-bəl How to pronounce intangible (audio)
: incapable of being touched : having no physical existence : not tangible or corporeal


2 of 2 noun
: something intangible
specifically : an asset (as goodwill or a patent right) that is not corporeal

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