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1. Incapable of being perceived by the senses.
2. Incapable of being realized or defined.
3. Incorporeal.
1. Something intangible: The athlete owed his success not only to strength and speed but also to intangibles such as perseverance and dedication.
2. often intangibles
a. An asset that cannot be perceived by the senses, such as intellectual property or goodwill.
b. Law Incorporeal property such as bank deposits, stocks, bonds, and promissory notes: a state tax on intangibles.

in·tan′gi·bil′i·ty, in·tan′gi·ble·ness n.
in·tan′gi·bly adv.
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Noun1.intangibility - the quality of being intangible and not perceptible by touch
incorporeality, immateriality - the quality of not being physical; not consisting of matter
palpability, tangibility, tangibleness - the quality of being perceivable by touch
References in classic literature ?
And if this strict scientific intangibility steeped even the shelves laden with lyrics and ballads and the tables laden with drink and tobacco, it goes without saying that yet more of such heathen holiness protected the other shelves that held the specialist's library, and the other tables that sustained the frail and even fairylike instruments of chemistry or mechanics.
The services sector has been differentiated from manufacturing on the basis of such characteristics as inseparability, heterogeneity, intangibility, and perishability (Boddewyn/ Halbrich/Perry 1986).
Inseparability and intangibility increase from long-linked technologies to more intensive service throughput technologies, and decision making is forced to lower levels within the organization to buffer the greater risk involved in the provision of the service (Dunning 1988).
Firstly, according to Street (1994) the airline industry is a service industry which fulfills the main criteria of heterogeneity, intangibility and perishability, thus there seems to be a high degree of interaction between the service providers and the customers.
It is possible that the Anglo-Saxon business system may be especially advantageous in certain industries, such as high technology, which have a high intangibility and need to raise capital rapidly factor; in the sense that we have shown how national institutions and the role of domestic stakeholders (Freeman 1984) can provide strategic constraints and advantages on firm performance in the global political economy.
More specifically, intangibility suggests that services are performances only experienced by the customer.
Due to the complexity and intangibility of the financial services offerings, it emerged that trust is of particular importance in financial services.
It holds under a variety of specifications controlling for firm age, size, debt, goodwill, other asset intangibility, and Tobin's Q.
When, however, in the zeal to establish the benign kingdom of possessables, they are bracketed with jewelry, carpets, brocades, and faience, their essential intangibility - embellished bindings excepted - is covertly reified, and transmuted into a commodity.
As far as the relationship between value creation and intangibility of assets is concerned, having calculated and compared value creation of tangible and intangible assets in equipment providers and ISP sectors (Table 5), we come to the hypothesis that value creation is inversely proportional to the importance of intangibles.
The sole activity in these stanzas is that of 'puzzling', and the intangibility of what is puzzled over is only compounded by any attempt to fix its meaning: 'the meaning of six o'cl ock or seven', when so considered, leads not to any assertion about time and what it signifies, but only to the contemplation of a house's name.
His latest novel, De vitalist, addresses weighty moral and existential issues centering on murder and suicide, crime and punishment, the absence or existence of God, the intangibility of truth, and the (im)possibility of morality in the postmodern world.