AskDefine | Define tangible

Dictionary Definition

tangible adj
1 perceptible by the senses especially the sense of touch; "skin with a tangible roughness" [ant: intangible]
2 possible to be treated as fact; "tangible evidence"; "his brief time as Prime Minister brought few real benefits to the poor" [syn: real]
3 (of especially business assets) having physical substance and intrinsic monetary value ; "tangible property like real estate"; "tangible assets such as machinery" [ant: intangible]
4 capable of being perceived by the senses or the mind; 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" [syn: palpable] [ant: impalpable]
5 having substance or material existence; perceptible to the senses; "a physical manifestation"; "surrounded by tangible objects" [syn: physical, touchable]

User Contributed Dictionary



Latin tangibilis, from tangere, "to touch".


  1. touchable; able to be touched or felt; perceptible by the sense of touch; palpable
  2. possible to be treated as fact; real or concrete
  3. comprehensible by the mind; understandable


touchable; able to be touched or felt; perceptible by the sense of touch; palpable
possible to be treated as fact
  • Finnish: kouriintuntuva, todellinen
  • German: konkret
  • Italian: tangibile
  • Norwegian: håndgripelig, konkret
  • Portuguese: tangível
comprehensible by the mind; understandable


  1. real or concrete results
    Yes, but what are the tangibles?

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Extensive Definition

In law, tangibility is the attribute of being detectable with 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.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

actual, apparent, appreciable, assessed valuation, assets, assets and liabilities, atoms, bodily, circumstances, clear, clear as crystal, concrete, corporeal, crystal-clear, current assets, deferred assets, detectable, discernible, distinct, embodied, evident, explicit, express, fabric, fixed assets, frozen assets, funds, gross, indisputable, indubitable, intangible assets, intangibles, liquid assets, manifest, material, material assets, matter, means, medium, net assets, net worth, noticeable, objective, observable, obvious, open-and-shut, ostensive, palpable, patent, perceivable, perceptible, perspicuous, phenomenal, physical, plain, plain as day, ponderable, quick assets, real, resources, seeable, self-evident, self-explaining, self-explanatory, sensible, solid, somatic, stock, stock-in-trade, stuff, substance, substantial, substantive, tactile, tangible assets, tangibles, to be seen, touchable, unmistakable, visible, wealth
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