2

For instance, profit margins are concrete, observable numbers whereas human needs can't easily be quantified.

The sentence I'm trying to write is:

Due to the fact that human needs are ______, ...

3
  • 6
    intangible or abstract, immaterial, etc. If you don't like any of those, they still might be a good place to start looking for synonyms. Oct 3, 2017 at 15:59
  • Intangible is exactly what I'm looking for, thanks!
    – bhav1001
    Oct 3, 2017 at 16:05
  • not quantifiable Jun 11, 2023 at 18:32

2 Answers 2

2

@FumbleFingers suggested in a comment that you could use intangible, abstract, or immaterial.

intangible: unable to be touched or grasped; not having physical presence (Oxford Languages)


abstract: existing in thought or as an idea but not having a physical or concrete existence (Oxford Languages)


immaterial: not consisting of matter : INCORPOREAL (Merriam-Webster)

1
  • I would consider using the word virtual. Or even, if the context allows—spiritual.
    – Cass Lopez
    Jun 10, 2023 at 21:51
0

I'd probably opt for impalpable, as two of the [sub/]senses overlap nicely here:

impalpable [adjective]

1a: incapable of being felt by touch: intangible

  • the impalpable aura of power that emanated from him — Osbert Sitwell

[Merriam-Webster]

impalpable [adjective]:

difficult to feel or [fully] understand:

  • an impalpable beauty ...

[Cambridge Dictionary]

...............

While abstract also carries these senses, I feel its other senses exert an undesirable pull.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.