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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
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References in classic literature ?
Whenever that look appeared in her wild, bright, deeply black eyes, it invested her with a strange remoteness and intangibility: it was as if she were hovering in the air, and might vanish, like a glimmering light that comes we know not whence and goes we know not whither.
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.
In other words, the classification schemes become related to the degree of (a) intangibility, (b) heterogeneity, (c) perishability and (d) inseparability.
The Federal Florida lawsuit in which Craig Wright, the Australian who claims he created Bitcoin, is testifying, has emphasised this Obligation and the readiness of a court to make an Order for Disclosure, despite the digital intangibility of a Crypto Asset.
On the other hand, intangibility of the business, growing number of online frauds, increasing share of counterfeiting of automotive parts, lack of price transparency, need to continuously improve the products and technology, and increased parts complexity are a few challenges that the vendors of ecommerce automotive aftermarket market are facing.
Attributes of services distinguish them from goods; the three documented characteristics by Parasuraman of service are intangibility, heterogeneity, and inseparability.
He pointed out that, in resolving any disputes, the principle of the intangibility of borders should not be called into question.
For example, one of the most comprehensive definition is given by Christian Gronroos (1983) who defined the service as a single or a group of activities that are more or less tangible, that occurs when a buyer and a vendor interact, while the simple definition of the service concept refers to the intangibility of an element that offers utility to the beneficiary (Ionescu, S., 2004).
And it's really no problem just going along with it, the intangibility is all part of the piece.
Data is easy to overlook because of its apparent intangibility. Yet, it is data which is the underpinning entity in economies today.
Intangibility refers to the fact that tourism products and services cannot be subjected to scrutiny or sampling.
Meanwhile, Davis says, the intangibility of knowledge makes it less important than material resources to most on the left.