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TANGIBLE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does tangible mean? 

TANGIBLE (adjective)
  The adjective TANGIBLE has 4 senses:

1. perceptible by the senses especially the sense of touch
2. capable of being treated as fact
3. (of especially business assets) having physical substance and intrinsic monetary value
4. capable of being perceived by the senses or the mind; especially capable of being handled or touched or felt

  Familiarity information: TANGIBLE used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


TANGIBLE (adjective)


Sense 1tangible [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Perceptible by the senses especially the sense of touch

Synonyms:

tangible; touchable

Context example:

skin with a tangible roughness

Similar:

tactile; tactual (producing a sensation of touch)

Also:

concrete (capable of being perceived by the senses; not abstract or imaginary)

Antonym:

intangible (incapable of being perceived by the senses especially the sense of touch)


Sense 2tangible [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Capable of being treated as fact

Synonyms:

tangible; real

Context examples:

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

Similar:

concrete (capable of being perceived by the senses; not abstract or imaginary)


Sense 3tangible [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Context examples:

tangible property like real estate / tangible assets such as machinery

Similar:

real ((of property) fixed or immovable)

realizable (capable of being realized)

Domain category:

business; business enterprise; commercial enterprise (the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects)

Antonym:

intangible ((of especially business assets) not having physical substance or intrinsic productive value)


Sense 4tangible [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Capable of being perceived by the senses or the mind; especially capable of being handled or touched or felt

Synonyms:

palpable; tangible

Context examples:

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

Similar:

perceptible (easily perceived by the senses or grasped by the mind)

Also:

perceptible (capable of being perceived by the mind or senses)


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