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Definition of "intangible" []

  • Incapable of being perceived by the senses. (adjective)
  • Incapable of being realized or defined. (adjective)
  • Incorporeal. (adjective)
  • Something intangible, especially an asset that cannot be perceived by the senses. Often used in the plural: intangibles such as goodwill and dedication. (noun)
  • Law Incorporeal property such as bank deposits, stocks, bonds, and promissory notes. Often used in the plural: a state tax on intangibles. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "intangible" in a sentence
  • "In a new book, a team of World Bank economists writes, most of a country's wealth is captured by what we term intangible capital..."
  • "I came to realize that the work of the GBM was driven by certain intangible values."
  • "There was something ominous about it, and in intangible ways one was made to feel that the worst was about to come."