intangible intangible  /ɪn ˈtæn dʒə bəl/


  1. (n) assets that are saleable though not material or physical
  2. (adj) (of especially business assets) not having physical substance or intrinsic productive value
  3. (adj) incapable of being perceived by the senses especially the sense of touch
  4. (adj) hard to pin down or identify
  5. (adj) lacking substance or reality; incapable of being touched or seen



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  1. No engineering formula will solve the intangible problems of politics.
  2. No engineering formula will solve the intangible problems of politics.
  3. Musical partnerships are, after all, like marriages built on a chemistry that is intangible, perhaps not even definable.


  1. Support grows for U.S. offshore corporate income tax cut: lawmaker

    By Kim Dixon WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Support from U.S.-based multinational companies is coalescing around a proposal to stem offshore profit shifting and cut the tax rate on some corporate profits, a top congressional Republican working to revamp the tax code said on Thursday. Under the proposal, income from intangible assets such as patents and trademarks earned by U.S. companies abroad would ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News


    The intangible principles of order and fairness as embodied by sports are undermined on the field and, by extension, society when... Striking the delicate balance between academics and sports can often be a difficult task for student athletes. Niehaus and Kural...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Greenwich Time

  3. Chicago food and drink destinations: The intangible cultural heritage list

    I present the 27 food and drink destinations that best represent Chicago's intangible cultural heritage . Here's why I felt compelled to compile this list, and how. At a recent dinner, I discovered that someone at WBEZ has never had Garrett's popcorn, specifically Chicago Mix, the unique sweet and savory mélange of caramel and cheese corns. Yes, he moved here from Alaska, but about a year ago ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: WBEZ 91.5 Chicago


  1. "The justices were passing judgment on a federal statute used in the prosecution of [white-collar defendants]. It makes it a crime to deprive the public or one's employer or shareholders of the 'intangible right of honest services.' Although a...
    on Jun 24, 2010 By: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Source: Washington Post (blog)

  2. "The most intangible legacy, but also very important one, is that through the Games, China has been scrutinized by the world, has opened up to the world," Rogge said.
    on Aug 25, 2008 By: Jacques Rogge Source: Times of India

  3. "I think the sky's the limit," Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey said. "He has all the tangible factors to be a great, great player. He has all the intangible factors to be a great, great player."
    on Jan 8, 2007 By: Chan Gailey Source: ESPN

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