Define: Intangible

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Definition: Intangible

Quick Summary of Intangible

Without shape or form, cannot be touched.

What is the dictionary definition of Intangible?

Dictionary Definition

Incapable of being perceived by the senses; incorporeal

That which cannot be assessed, felt, measured, or moved because it has no physical substance.


Full Definition of Intangible

Refers to that which cannot be assessed, felt, measured, or moved because it has no physical substance.


Examples of Intangible in a sentence

You will be taxed on the proceeds of the sale, whether tangible or intangible.
There are many intangible benefits beyond just a increase in the share price.
When performing a cost-benefit analysis: you should identify intangible and tangible benefits and costs before putting in the required resources.
The benefits were intangible.
The issue lies with how intangible assets are defined and valued.

Synonyms For Intangible

immaterial, incorporeal, impalpable, unsubstantial, airy

Intangible FAQ's

What is an intangible quality?

not tangible; incapable of being perceived by the sense of touch, as incorporeal or immaterial things; impalpable.

What is an intangible cost?

An intangible cost is an un-quantifiable cost relating to an identifiable source. Intangible costs represent a variety of expenses such as losses in productivity, customer goodwill, a decrease in employee morale, loss of brand value or damages to a corporations reputation.

What is an intangible goal?

Intangible goals are everywhere. When it comes to strategic goals, or operational or team goals that cascade from a corporate strategy, making them measurable can be hard.

What is an intangible asset?

An intangible asset is an asset that is not physical in nature. Brand Recognition, Goodwill and forms of intellectual property, such as trademarks, copyrights or patents, are all considered types of intangible assets.

What are intangible benefits?

Tangible benefits are those measured in monetary terms and intangible benefits cannot be measured in monetary terms but they do have a very significant business impact.

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Modern Language Association (MLA):
Intangible. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. January 21, 2020
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
Intangible. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. (accessed: January 21, 2020).
American Psychological Association (APA):
Intangible. Retrieved January 21, 2020, from website:

Definition Sources

Definitions for Intangible are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 23rd December 2018.