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

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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 Today, almost all of the value of a streamed or downloaded song goes toward intangible capital: the artist, the songwriter, the label, the publisher or the platform (such as Apple Inc.’s iTunes or Spotify Technology SA ) that distributes it. Greg Ip, WSJ, "Covid-19 Propelled Businesses Into the Future. Ready or Not.," 26 Dec. 2020 But the biggest difference of all in Flanigan is an intangible. Giana Han, al, "Allen Flanigan can be Auburn’s game changer," 19 Dec. 2020 Love said this bridging also refers to intangible social divides, such as how welcomed a person feels going into a specific shop or event, as well as a sense of belonging in the community. Coral Murphy, USA TODAY, "Rural revival: Racial, business inclusion in rural communities can foster economic growth," 17 Dec. 2020 Gospel songs are essentially fervent expressions of belief in something intangible. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 100 Best Songs of 2020: Staff List," 8 Dec. 2020 Fans are, in a sincere but intangible way, the meaning of soccer, the meaning of sports. New York Times, "As Premier League Gates Reopen, a Soothing Soundtrack Returns," 5 Dec. 2020 Exum brings some of those intangible, unmeasurable traits. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers’ Dante Exum accepts J.B. Bickerstaff’s challenge, relishes stopper role," 3 Jan. 2021 The types of assets the companies are writing down run the gamut from U.S. shale-gas properties to mega-offshore projects, and intangible assets. Sarah Mcfarlane, WSJ, "2020 Was One of the Worst-Ever Years for Oil Write-Downs," 27 Dec. 2020 But research suggests that an intangible experience can often bring you joy for longer than a physical object. Popular Science, "How to spend your money for maximum happiness," 21 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Those intangibles caught the Chargers’ attention, Lynn said. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Why the Chargers were excited to trade up to draft linebacker Kenneth Murray Jr.," 26 Apr. 2020 But what about the intangibles, like touch, reading defenses and feel for the game? Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Toreros’ PFL reign might be in trouble," 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, "The Coronavirus Economy: How a high school band director does his job from home," 27 Apr. 2020 His brain and his intangibles are an asset on the field. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State football 2020 spring preview: In deep, veteran linebacker corps, who makes the next move?," 20 Feb. 2020 But those are intangibles that wouldn’t show up on the balance sheet. Greg Jefferson,, "How San Antonio progressives turned paid sick leave from idea into law," 10 Oct. 2019 But there are also some intangibles worth discussing beyond the gunplay and the gameplay loop. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Doom Eternal hands-on: It’s more, more, more—and maybe just a little bit less, too," 23 Jan. 2020 There are also the intangibles that only Lynch can bring to a locker room. Ken Belson, New York Times, "Marshawn Lynch Arrives to Give Seattle a Playoff Push," 24 Dec. 2019 The Dolphins are banking on those intangibles to help return them to relevance. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "List of NFL's 10 shrewdest free agent signings includes likely Hall of Famer, former first rounder," 16 Mar. 2018

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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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21 Jan 2021

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“Intangible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of intangible

: not made of physical substance : not able to be touched : not tangible


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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