intangible in‧tan‧gi‧ble [ɪnˈtændʒbl] adjective
used to describe something that has value but does not exist physically:

intangible property such as stocks, copyrights, and trademarks

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intangible UK US /ɪnˈtændʒəbl/ adjective
used about a feeling or quality that does not exist in a physical way, or that is difficult to describe: intangible benefit/reward »

He pointed to some of the intangible benefits of the job, such as knowing that you are making a contribution to society.


The CEO had that intangible quality that we call charisma.

ACCOUNTING, FINANCE used about something that has value for a business, although it does not exist in a physical way: intangible capital/property/value »

Examples of intangible property include bonds, shares, copyrights, and patents.

intangible UK US /ɪnˈtændʒəbl/ noun [C, usually plural]
something that does not exist in a physical way, or that is difficult to describe: »

The list of requirements for the job includes intangibles such as self-reliance, persuasiveness, etc.


Never underestimate the value of intangibles for your business.

Financial and business terms. 2012.


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  • intangible — [ ɛ̃tɑ̃ʒibl ] adj. • XVe; de 1. in et tangible 1 ♦ Vx Qu on ne peut toucher, qui échappe au sens du toucher. ⇒ impalpable. Fluides intangibles. 2 ♦ (1899) Mod. À quoi on ne doit pas toucher, porter atteinte; que l on doit maintenir intact. ⇒… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • intangible — I adjective abstract, aerial, airy, amorphous, asomatous, bodiless, difficult to appraise, dim, discarnate, disembodied, ethereal, immaterial, impalpable, imperceptible, imponderable, inappreciable, inconspicuous, incorporal, incorporate,… …   Law dictionary

  • Intangible — In*tan gi*ble, a. [Pref. in not + tangible: cf. F. intangible.] Not tangible; incapable of being touched; not perceptible to the touch; impalpable; imperceptible. Bp. Wilkins. [1913 Webster] A corporation is an artificial, invisible, intangible… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intangible — (adj.) 1630s, incapable of being touched, from Fr. intangible (c.1500) or directly from M.L. intangibilis, from in not (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + L.L. tangibilis that may be touched (see TANGIBLE (Cf. tangible)). Figurative sense of that cannot be… …   Etymology dictionary

  • intangible — Uso/registro: elevado. adjetivo 1. Que no se puede tocar: El alma es intangible. 2. Uso/registro: restringido. Que no puede someterse a crítica porque tiene mucho poder: El presidente es intangible …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • intangible — ► ADJECTIVE 1) unable to be touched; not solid or real. 2) vague and abstract. ► NOUN ▪ an intangible thing. DERIVATIVES intangibility noun intangibly adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • intangible — [in tan′jə bəl] adj. [ML intangibilis: see IN 2 & TANGIBLE] 1. that cannot be touched; incorporeal; impalpable 2. designating or of any of certain business assets, esp. goodwill, that have no material being but have monetary value 3. that cannot… …   English World dictionary

  • intangible — Long term or non current asset that lacks physical substance, but which confers valuable rights or privileges upon the holders; e.g., patents, goodwill. (Dictionary of Canadian Bankruptcy Terms) United Glossary of Bankruptcy Terms 2012 …   Glossary of Bankruptcy

  • intangible — impalpable, *imperceptible, insensible, inappreciable, imponderable Analogous words: tenuous, rare, slight, slender, *thin: ethereal, *airy, aerial: eluding or elusive, evading or evasive (see corre sponding verbs at ESCAPE) Antonyms: tangible… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • intangible — [adj] indefinite, obscured abstract, abstruse, airy, dim, eluding, elusive, ethereal, evading, evanescent, evasive, hypothetical, impalpable, imperceptible, imponderable, inappreciable, incorporeal, indeterminate, insensible, invisible, rare,… …   New thesaurus

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