a. Discernible by the touch; palpable: a tangible roughness of the skin.
b. Possible to touch.
c. Possible to be treated as fact; real or concrete: tangible evidence.
2. Possible to understand or realize: the tangible benefits of the plan.
3. Law Relating to or being property of a physical nature, such as land, objects, and goods.
1. Something palpable or concrete.
2. tangibles Property having a physical form.
[Late Latin tangibilis, from Latin tangere, to touch; see tag- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
tan′gi·bili·ty, tangi·ble·ness n.
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