Intangible



[in-tan-juh-buh l] /ɪnˈtæn dʒə bəl/

adjective
1.
not tangible; incapable of being perceived by the sense of touch, as incorporeal or immaterial things; impalpable.
2.
not definite or clear to the mind:
intangible arguments.
3.
(of an asset) existing only in connection with something else, as the goodwill of a business.
noun
4.
something intangible, especially an intangible asset:
Intangibles are hard to value.
/ɪnˈtændʒɪbəl/
adjective
1.
incapable of being perceived by touch; impalpable
2.
imprecise or unclear to the mind: intangible ideas
3.
(of property or a business asset) saleable though not possessing intrinsic productive value
noun
4.
something that is intangible
adj.

1630s, “incapable of being touched,” from French intangible (c.1500) or directly from Medieval Latin intangibilis, from in- “not” (see in- (1)) + Late Latin tangibilis “that may be touched” (see tangible). Figurative sense of “that cannot be grasped by the mind” is from 1880. Noun meaning “anything intangible” is from 1914. Related: Intangibly.

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