tangible

adjective
tan·​gi·​ble | \ˈtan-jə-bəl \

Definition of tangible 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : capable of being perceived especially by the sense of touch : palpable

b : substantially real : material

2 : capable of being precisely identified or realized by the mind her grief was tangible

3 : capable of being appraised at an actual or approximate value tangible assets

tangible

noun
tan·​gi·​ble | \ˈtan-jə-bəl \

Definition of tangible (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from tangible

Adjective

tangibility \ ˌtan-​jə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
tangibleness \ ˈtan-​jə-​bəl-​nəs \ noun
tangibly \ ˈtan-​jə-​blē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for tangible

Synonyms: Adjective

palpable, touchable

Antonyms: Adjective

impalpable, intangible

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Adjective

perceptible, sensible, palpable, tangible, appreciable, ponderable mean apprehensible as real or existent. perceptible applies to what can be discerned by the senses often to a minimal extent. a perceptible difference in sound to a careful listener sensible applies to whatever is clearly apprehended through the senses or impresses itself strongly on the mind. an abrupt, sensible drop in temperature palpable applies either to what has physical substance or to what is obvious and unmistakable. the tension in the air was almost palpable tangible suggests what is capable of being handled or grasped both physically and mentally. no tangible evidence of UFOs appreciable applies to what is distinctly discernible by the senses or definitely measurable. an appreciable increase in income ponderable suggests having definitely measurable weight or importance. exerted a ponderable influence on world events

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Something that's literally tangible can be touched. A rock is tangible, and so is a broken window; if the rock is lying next to the window, it could be tangible evidence of vandalism. When we say that the tension in a room is tangible, we mean we feel it so strongly that it seems almost physical. But if we're being literal, tension, like hope, happiness, and hunger, is literally intangible—it may be real, but it can't be touched. When lawyers talk about an intangible asset, they might mean something like a company's good reputation—very valuable, but not quite touchable.

Examples of tangible in a Sentence

Adjective

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 Piniella has no interest in casino gambling, but the horses and the stock market have fascinated him because, he discovered, the payoff is in the satisfaction of doping out the winner as much as it is in the tangible reward. — Frank Deford, Sports Illustrated, 19 Mar. 2001 This barbed wire, this flattened earth opposite Louie's bestrewn yard, served as a tangible reminder that I was an outsider looking in … — Julie Matheson, Geographical Review, January-April 2001 Traveling alone does have tangible drawbacks: One of the biggest is cost. Taking a trip alone is normally more expensive for one than for half of a pair. — Betsy Wade, New York Times, 20 July 1997 There is no tangible evidence to support her claim. Their sense of relief was almost tangible.

Noun

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 The nightly highlight packages confront old-timers with videotaped evidence that they didn't have the same tangibles as today's NBA players. — Alexander Wolff, Sports Illustrated Classic, Fall 1991 They were betting that inflation would drive prices much higher. The smart speculator could then sell the commodities or other tangibles, repay the loans, and reap a quick profit. — William Greider, New Yorker, 9 Nov. 1987
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

While the program has shown improvements on the recruiting trail under Beaty, those resources have yet to produce tangible results on the field. Matt Murschel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Five college football coaches on the hot seat entering the 2018 season," 28 June 2018 Up until Monday evening, North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui and U.S. envoy Sung Kim continued last-minute working-level negotiations on a possible agreement for Trump and Kim to present as tangible results from their summit. Matt Stiles, latimes.com, "Trump becomes first U.S. president to meet a North Korean head of state; 'major change' coming," 12 June 2018 But the backlash against the NRA has been producing tangible results: Vista Outdoor is reportedly pulling out of firearm production after outdoor retailer REI threatened to stop selling all of the company's products. Luke Darby, GQ, "Parkland Activists Are Still Picking Off Corporate Donors to NRA-Friendly Politicians," 27 May 2018 Break down your military skills into tangible, measurable results. Kimberly Thompson, Houston Chronicle, "Career Rescue: Discuss military career with civilian-friendly job skills," 20 May 2018 Negotiations last year in the Dominican Republic helped take the pressure off Maduro, but produced no tangible results. Jim Wyss And Antonio Maria Delgado, miamiherald, "Can Venezuela survive another Maduro 'victory?' | Miami Herald," 18 May 2018 The tangible results of blending depend entirely on what is being blended and for what purpose, so blends can be white or red, sweet or dry, cheap or pricey. Marnie Old, Philly.com, "Great Wine Values: Carpineto 'Dogajolo' Toscana Bianco," 8 May 2018 These tangible results are highly rewarding for everyone in the company. Jessica Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Top mechanical contract company Butters-Fetting is hiring," 4 May 2018 At least nine people brought Neal's erratic behavior to the attention of the Sheriff’s Office with few tangible results, The Bee found. Dale Kasler, Anita Chabria And Ryan Sabalow, sacbee, "'Nobody had to die.' Neighbors say Tehama sheriff ignored year of terror before shootings | The Sacramento Bee," 13 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Wagner brings plenty of tangibles to the table for NBA teams to consider. Tim Hackett, SI.com, "Embraced by a Home Away from Home, Moritz Wagner Is Finally Ready for a New Challenge," 12 June 2018 Despite these aforementioned tangibles being in place, Roberto Baggio still missed his spot kick. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 6 Weeks to Go - Roberto Baggio & the Elusive Daemon of Genius," 13 May 2018 But there are tangibles for the rookies to learn on the court as well. Mike Richman, OregonLive.com, "Trail Blazers' rookies Zach Collins, Caleb Swanigan join crowded rotation in Portland," 27 June 2017 Catherine Golladay, a senior vice president and 20-year veteran of Schwab, said those are some of the tangibles. Plain Dealer Business Staff, cleveland.com, "Charles Schwab earns top spot among large employers, with paid sabbaticals, volunteer work: Top Workplaces 2017," 18 June 2017 So focus on the tangibles, not the potential shadiness (noise is noise, innocent or not). Andrea Bonior, chicagotribune.com, "I'm not into him but he won't stop texting me. Other than ghosting, what can I do?," 7 June 2017

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First Known Use of tangible

Adjective

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1890, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tangible

Adjective

Late Latin tangibilis, from Latin tangere to touch

Noun

see tangible entry 1

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tangible

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of tangible

: easily seen or recognized

: able to be touched or felt

tangible

adjective
tan·​gi·​ble | \ˈtan-jə-bəl \

Kids Definition of tangible

1 : possible to touch or handle : material Sometimes he pursued the call into the forest, looking for it as though it were a tangible thing …— Jack London, The Call of the Wild

2 : easily seen or recognized tangible benefits

Other Words from tangible

tangibly \ -​blē \ adverb

tangible

adjective
tan·​gi·​ble | \ˈtan-jə-bəl \

Legal Definition of tangible 

: capable of being perceived especially by the sense of touch

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