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a. Of or relating to the body. See Synonyms at bodily.
b. Having a physiological basis or origin: a physical craving for an addictive drug.
c. Involving sexual interest or activity: a physical attraction; physical intimacy.
a. Involving or characterized by vigorous or forceful bodily activity: physical aggression; a fast and physical dance performance.
b. Slang Involving or characterized by violence: "A real cop would get physical" (TV Guide).
3. Of or relating to material things: a wall that formed a physical barrier; the physical environment.
4. Of or relating to matter and energy or the sciences dealing with them, especially physics.
A physical examination.

[Middle English phisical, medical, from Medieval Latin physicālis, from Latin physica, physics; see physics.]

phys′i·cal′i·ty (-kăl′ĭ-tē) n.
phys′i·cal·ly adv.


1. the state or quality of being physical
2. the physical characteristics of a person, object, etc


(ˌfɪz ɪˈkæl ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the quality of being physical, esp. when emphasized or overemphasized.
2. preoccupation with one's body, physical needs, or appetites.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.physicality - preoccupation with satisfaction of physical drives and appetitesphysicality - preoccupation with satisfaction of physical drives and appetites
disposition, temperament - your usual mood; "he has a happy disposition"


A preoccupation with the body and satisfaction of its desires:


[ˌfɪzɪˈkælɪti] nphysicalité f
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