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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).


  1. tangible

    Tangible refers to something that can be physically touched or felt, something that has a definite physical existence or presence. It is often used to differentiate physical objects or assets from intangible ones, such as ideas, feelings or rights.

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. Finance Minister Hoshiyar Zebari:

    This is the first direct tangible assistance for the reconstruction and stabilization efforts by the government to normalize life in the areas liberated from ISIS.

  2. Marie Kondo:

    Certainly emails and texts can spark joy -- think of a message from a loved one or friend that made you smile or laugh, however, I think their spark joy impact is probably less than that of tangible items.

  3. Rebecca Robbins:

    I like to think of the breath as a light in your mind's eye that grows when you inhale and gets smaller as you exhale, those tangible strategies where you visualize something and match that to a breath are really powerful.

  4. David Axelrod:

    At the end of the day, will people judge whether democracy is working based on whether or not there are significant Republican votes on the legislation that he passes? Or will they judge it based on the tangible things that are delivered by what he passes? his gamble -- and there's good reason to believe it -- is that tangible progress will supersede the style points.

  5. David Miliband:

    No one pretends that refugee resettlement ends the war in Syria, but it's a tangible contribution to the lives of a significant number of people and a genuine action of solidarity with those neighboring states bearing the greatest strain.

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