tangible tan‧gi‧ble [ˈtændʒbl] adjective
1. tangible results, proof, benefits etc can clearly be seen to exist or to have happened:

• New revenue streams, particularly from e-commerce opportunities are creating tangible benefits for the core business.

• There is little tangible evidence that there will be an economic recovery.

— tangibly adverb :

• Can centers of excellence tangibly improve productivity and quality?

2. able to be touched and felt:

• Gold is a tangible commodity that investors can turn to in times of financial instability.

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tangible UK US /ˈtændʒəbl/ adjective
real, existing; able to be shown or experienced: tangible evidence/proof/signs »

We can now see tangible evidence of economic renewal and growth.

a tangible achievement/benefit/effect »

Rewards can include financial payments, promotions, and other tangible benefits.

tangible improvement/progress/results »

They hope the meeting will achieve tangible results.

ECONOMICS able to be touched or felt: »

A key difference between tangible cash and almost any other form of money lies in traceability.

tangible goods/products »

The company buys and sells services as well as tangible goods.

tangibly /ˈtændʒəbli/ adverb

The summit will bring the area some useful publicity and, more tangibly, a huge building boom.

Compare INTANGIBLE(Cf. ↑intangible)
tangible UK US /ˈtændʒəbl/ noun
[C, usually plural] ECONOMICS a real thing that exists in a physical way: »

Quality standards for tangibles like food are easier to assess than for intangibles such as service or waiting times.

Compare INTANGIBLE(Cf. ↑intangible) noun
tangibles — Cf. tangibles
[C, usually plural] ACCOUNTING, FINANCE TANGIBLE ASSET(Cf. ↑tangible asset)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • tangible — [ tɑ̃ʒibl ] adj. • XIVe; bas lat. tangibilis, de tangere « toucher » 1 ♦ Qui tombe sous le sens du tact, que l on peut connaître en touchant. La réalité tangible. ⇒ palpable. « De visibles et tangibles spectres » (Huysmans). Par ext. Des plaisirs …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • tangible — tan·gi·ble / tan jə bəl/ adj: capable of being perceived esp. by the sense of touch Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. tangible …   Law dictionary

  • tangible — The primary meaning is ‘perceptible by touch’, but in practice figurative uses tend to be more common, in which the meaning becomes ‘clearly intelligible, not imaginary or hypothetical’, as in tangible assets, tangible evidence, tangible… …   Modern English usage

  • Tangible — Tan gi*ble, a. [L. tangibilis, fr. tangere to touch: cf. F. tangible. See {Tangent}.] 1. Perceptible to the touch; tactile; palpable. Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. Capable of being possessed or realized; readily apprehensible by the mind; real;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tangible — (adj.) 1580s, capable of being touched, from M.Fr. tangible, from L.L. tangibilis that may be touched, from L. tangere to touch (see TANGENT (Cf. tangent)). Sense of material (e.g. tangible reward) is first recorded 1610s; that of able to be… …   Etymology dictionary

  • tangible — [tan′jə bəl] adj. [LL tangibilis < L tangere, to touch: see TACT] 1. that can be touched or felt by touch; having actual form and substance 2. corporeal and able to be appraised for value [tangible assets] 3. that can be understood; definite;… …   English World dictionary

  • tangible — sensible, *perceptible, palpable, appreciable, ponderable Analogous words: *material, physical, corporeal, objective: actual, *real, true: obvious, *evident, manifest Antonyms: intangible …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • tangible — [adj] real, concrete actual, appreciable, corporeal, definite, detectable, discernible, distinct, embodied, evident, factual, gross, incarnated, manifest, material, objective, observable, obvious, palpable, patent, perceivable, perceptible,… …   New thesaurus

  • tangible — adjetivo 1. Que se puede tocar: pruebas tangibles, resultados tangibles. Sinónimo: palpable, material. Antónimo: intangible. 2. Que se puede percibir con total claridad: Son pruebas tangibles de su culpa. Sinónimo …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • tangible — (Del lat. tangibĭlis). 1. adj. Que se puede tocar. 2. Que se puede percibir de manera precisa. Resultados tangibles …   Diccionario de la lengua española

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