(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. material, real; touchable, palpable; concrete, perceptible. See feeling, substance, touch.
(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. perceptible, palpable, material, real, substantial, appreciable, sensible, touchable, verifiable, physical, corporeal, solid, concrete, visible, stable, graspable, incarnated, embodied, manifest, factual, objective, tactile, actual, definite, clear-cut, substantive, real live*, big as life*, big as life and twice as natural*.
Ant. spiritual*, ethereal, intangible.
Syn.- tangible applies to that which can be grasped, either with the hand or the mind [tangible assets, tangible benefits ] ; perceptible is applied to anything that can be apprehended by the senses but often connotes that the thing is just barely visible, audible, etc. [ a perceptible smell of coffee ] ; sensible applies to that which can clearly be perceived [ a sensible difference in their size ] ; palpable refers to anything that can be perceived by or as if by the sense of touch [ a palpable fog ] ; appreciable is used of that which is sufficiently perceptible to be measured, estimated, etc. or to have significance [ an appreciable amount ]
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) a.
[TAN juh bul]
touchable, palpable, having physical form.
The tire tracks were tangible evidence that a motorbike had torn up the field.
SYN.: touchable, palpable, solid, concrete, physical, hard, substantial, real, material, perceivable, tactile, corporeal, visible, actual, definite.
ANT.: intangible, immaterial, imperceptible, imaginary
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Discernible by touch: palpable, tactile, touchable. See TOUCH. 2. Composed of or relating to things that occupy space and can be perceived by the senses: concrete, corporeal, material, objective, phenomenal, physical, sensible, substantial. See BODY, MATTER. 3. Having verifiable existence: concrete, objective, real, substantial, substantive. See REAL.

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