in·​tan·​gi·​ble | \ (ˌ)in-ˈtan-jə-bəl How to pronounce intangible (audio) \

Definition of intangible

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: not tangible : impalpable education's intangible benefits



Definition of intangible (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Other Words from intangible


intangibility \ in-​ˌtan-​jə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce intangible (audio) \ noun
intangibleness \ in-​ˈtan-​jə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce intangible (audio) \ noun
intangibly \ in-​ˈtan-​jə-​blē How to pronounce intangible (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for intangible

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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: Adjective Furthermore, intellectual property rights like patents and knowhow increasingly function as intangible assets whose primary role is to attract speculative capital investments in a growing biomedical asset and futures market. Els Torreele, STAT, 4 May 2022 Goodwill is a catchall finance term for intangible assets acquired as part of a purchase. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Apr. 2022 Often eaten twice a day, harissa is such a staple in Tunisia that the government petitioned UNESCO in 2020 to add the condiment to the world’s intangible cultural heritage list. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 Apr. 2022 Now, finally, the cell itself dissolves away into an abstract chemical machine—and that into some intangible, inexpressible flow of energy. Loren C. Eiseley, Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022 Pain and suffering sustained by the claimant Common sense dictates that different people will accord different value to intangible concepts such as pain and suffering. Steve Dimopoulos, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 There is also the intangible aspect of being a go-to shotmaker at the end of quarters and games. Jim Owczarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 Apr. 2022 To pinpoint the intangible stuff like motivation and passion, the El Cajon native shares the meaningfulness of throwing the home opener Thursday on the biggest stage his hometown offers. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Apr. 2022 An intangible, irreplaceable chemistry between the leads? ELLE, 2 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Those intangibles caught the Chargers’ attention, Lynn said. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 26 Apr. 2020 But what about the intangibles, like touch, reading defenses and feel for the game? Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Aug. 2019 But the intangibles seem to be at least as much of a loss to the music education veteran. David Z. Morris, Fortune, 27 Apr. 2020 His brain and his intangibles are an asset on the field. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 20 Feb. 2020 But those are intangibles that wouldn’t show up on the balance sheet. Greg Jefferson,, 10 Oct. 2019 But there are also some intangibles worth discussing beyond the gunplay and the gameplay loop. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, 23 Jan. 2020 There are also the intangibles that only Lynch can bring to a locker room. Ken Belson, New York Times, 24 Dec. 2019 The Dolphins are banking on those intangibles to help return them to relevance. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 16 Mar. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of intangible


1640, in the meaning defined above


1914, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for intangible


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

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“Intangible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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in·​tan·​gi·​ble | \ in-ˈtan-jə-bəl How to pronounce intangible (audio) \

Kids Definition of intangible

1 : not capable of being touched Light is intangible.
2 : not having physical substance Goodwill is an intangible asset.


in·​tan·​gi·​ble | \ in-ˈtan-jə-bəl How to pronounce intangible (audio) \

Legal Definition of intangible

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: incapable of being touched : having no physical existence : not tangible or corporeal



Legal Definition of intangible (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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