1. Remaining sound, entire, or uninjured; not impaired in any way.
2. Having all physical parts, especially:
a. Having the hymen unbroken.
b. Not castrated.
[Middle English, from Latin intāctus : in-, not; see IN-1 + tāctus, past participle of tangere, to touch; see tag- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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