- not tangible; incapable of being perceived by the sense of touch, as incorporeal or immaterial things; impalpable.
- not definite or clear to the mind: intangible arguments.
- (of an asset) existing only in connection with something else, as the goodwill of a business.
- something intangible, especially an intangible asset: Intangibles are hard to value.
- incapable of being perceived by touch; impalpable
- imprecise or unclear to the mindintangible ideas
- (of property or a business asset) saleable though not possessing intrinsic productive value
- something that is intangible
1630s, “incapable of being touched,” from French intangible (c.1500) or directly from Medieval Latin intangibilis, from in- “not” (see (1)) + Late Latin tangibilis “that may be touched” (see ). Figurative sense of “that cannot be grasped by the mind” is from 1880. Noun meaning “anything intangible” is from 1914. Related: Intangibly.