adjective: intangible

1. unable to be touched; not having physical presence.

“the moonlight made things seem intangible”

synonyms: impalpable, untouchable, imperceptible to the touch, non-physical, bodiless, incorporeal, unembodied, disembodied, abstract, invisible; ethereal, insubstantial, airy, aerial; spiritual, ghostly, spectral, phantom, wraithlike, transcendental, unearthly, supernatural; rareimmaterial, unbodied, discarnate, disincarnate, phantasmal, phantasmic

antonyms: tangible

2. difficult or impossible to define or understand; vague and abstract.

“an intangible atmosphere of dread and doom”

synonyms: indefinable, indescribable, inexpressible, nameless; vague, obscure, unclear, hazy, dim, mysterious; indefinite, unanalysable, subtle, elusive, fugitive

antonyms: clear


noun: intangible; plural noun: intangibles

1. an intangible thing.


early 17th century (as an adjective): from French, or from medieval Latin intangibilis, from in – ‘not’ + late Latin tangibilis.