What does tangible mean?

Definitions for tangible
ˈtæn dʒə bəltan·gi·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tangible, touchableadjective

    perceptible by the senses especially the sense of touch

    "skin with a tangible roughness"

  2. real, tangibleadjective

    capable of being treated as fact

    "tangible evidence"; "his brief time as Prime Minister brought few real benefits to the poor"

  3. tangibleadjective

    (of especially business assets) having physical substance and intrinsic monetary value

    "tangible property like real estate"; "tangible assets such as machinery"

  4. palpable, tangibleadjective

    capable of being perceived; especially capable of being handled or touched or felt

    "a barely palpable dust"; "felt sudden anger in a palpable wave"; "the air was warm and close--palpable as cotton"; "a palpable lie"


  1. tangiblenoun

    real or concrete results

    Yes, but what are the tangibles?

  2. tangibleadjective

    touchable; able to be touched or felt; perceptible by the sense of touch; palpable

  3. tangibleadjective

    possible to be treated as fact; real or concrete

  4. tangibleadjective

    comprehensible by the mind; understandable

  5. Etymology: Latin tangibilis, from tangere, "to touch".

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Tangibleadjective

    Perceptible by the touch.

    Etymology: from tango, Lat.

    Tangible bodies have no pleasure in the consort of air, but endeavour to subact it into a more dense body. Francis Bacon.

    By the touch, the tangible qualities of bodies are discerned, as hard, soft, smooth. John Locke.


  1. tangible

    Tangibility is the property of being able to be perceived by touch. A commonplace understanding of "tangibility" renders it as an attribute allowing something to be perceptible to the senses. In criminal law, one of the elements of an offense of larceny is that the stolen property must be tangible. In the context of intellectual property, expression in tangible form is one of the requirements for copyright protection. In the context of international tax law, article 5(1) of the OECD Model Tax Treaty requires to date a permanent establishment to consist of a tangible place of business. This is problematic concerning the taxation of the Digital Economy. In the context of trade, "tangibles" are physical goods (as opposed to "intangible" services and software).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tangibleadjective

    perceptible to the touch; tactile; palpable

  2. Tangibleadjective

    capable of being possessed or realized; readily apprehensible by the mind; real; substantial; evident

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tangible

    tan′ji-bl, adj. perceptible by the touch: capable of being possessed or realised.—ns. Tangib′ilē, a tactile sensation or object; Tangibil′ity, quality of being tangible or perceptible to the touch; Tan′gibleness, the state or quality of being tangible.—adv. Tan′gibly. [L. tangibilistangĕre.]

Editors Contribution

  1. tangible

    Capable of seeing the result.

    The organizational policies for employees give tangible results at their review.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 13, 2020  

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  1. belating

  2. bleating

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tangible in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tangible in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of tangible in a Sentence

  1. Sokeel Park of the Liberty:

    Amongst people in cities that have more access to foreign information and are the most switched on, there is likely more ambivalence or even cynicism over the use of precious resources for things that bring no tangible benefit to the people and cause worsening relations with the outside world.

  2. Emily Jackson:

    I would have loved to have kept it, i was definitely bummed that I won’t be able to keep that or have a tangible artifact or anything like that from the wedding.

  3. Mitch Landrieu:

    It's just one way President Biden's infrastructure law is making a real tangible impact on the ground where people live, that is exactly what building a better America looks like.

  4. Philip Haglund:

    Cash was the best way to teach financial literacy because it's so tangible and so easy to grasp, now money is being transferred through some kind of cyberspace, which is really abstract and hard for anyone to understand.

  5. Fox News:

    By regulating ghost guns as what they are -- firearms, President Biden is reducing a driver of gun violence in our communities and building on his historic funding for community violence prevention. This rule will have an immediate and tangible impact.

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