bodily

adjective
bodi·​ly | \ ˈbä-də-lē How to pronounce bodily (audio) \

Definition of bodily

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having a body : physical
2 : of or relating to the body bodily comfort bodily organs

bodily

adverb

Definition of bodily (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : in the flesh
b : in a manner that involves physically moving someone's body The blast lifted him bodily into the air. Jerry Wexler called him a "parasite" and threw him bodily out of his office.— Jack Kroll
2 : as a whole : altogether

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Synonyms & Antonyms for bodily

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of bodily in a Sentence

Adjective The victim suffered serious bodily injury. the old man suffered from a number of bodily ailments Adverb The blast lifted him bodily into the air. The house will have to be moved bodily to the new site.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective To conserve that oxygen on their dives, the whales likely shut down all but the most essential bodily functions. J. B. Mackinnon, The Atlantic, "Beaked Whales Are the Animals We Need Right Now," 30 Mar. 2021 Hydration is important to all bodily functions, and brain function is no exception. Serena Poon, Forbes, "How To Increase Focus And Supercharge Productivity," 24 Feb. 2021 Anthropogenic noise interferes with these activities and has harmful effects on animal behavior, hearing and other bodily functions. Joseph Polidoro, Scientific American, "A Few Fixes Could Cut Noise Pollution That Hurts Ocean Animals," 23 Feb. 2021 Coby James Harris, 21, had gone before St. Joseph County District Court on March 2, accused of assault with intent to commit bodily harm less than murder, stemming from an incident Feb. 9 in Sturgis, Michigan. Dan Cherry, USA TODAY, "Michigan Zoom hearing adjourned when attorney spots alleged assaulter, victim in same home," 11 Mar. 2021 In this case, that offense is third degree felony assault defined as someone intentionally inflicting or attempting to inflict bodily harm. Alex Perez, ABC News, "The legal landscape of the Derek Chauvin trial," 8 Mar. 2021 To repeat, police are allowed to cause bodily harm to the extent reasonably necessary to subdue a suspect who is resisting a legitimate arrest. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "The George Floyd Murder Trial: A Charging Nightmare," 7 Mar. 2021 The charges, filed in court Friday, show Macklin is also charged with robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, armed robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon. Lawrence Andrea, The Indianapolis Star, "Man shot by police last week charged with murder in January south side shooting," 1 Mar. 2021 Federal prosecutors say the suspect, Alaa Mousa, is accused of bodily harm and committing a crime against humanity. Frank Jordans, Star Tribune, "Germany: 1st verdict expected in Syria torture trial," 23 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Conservatives have prevailed in an effort to deny people bodily autonomy. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "Reproductive Coercion Wins at the Supreme Court," 8 July 2020 Still, a beard could trap bodily fluids from coughs and sneezes, potentially infecting other people in close contact, Adalja said. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "GM to restart its plants in Mexico as soon as Thursday night," 22 May 2020 But a brand-new study just discovered that another bodily fluid may contain the SARS-CoV-2 virus, too: semen. Molly Longman, refinery29.com, "A New Study Found Coronavirus In Semen," 8 May 2020 Spode threatens everything: two engagements, Wooster’s bodily well-being, the literary magazine. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, "Wartime for Wodehouse," 25 May 2020 He is charged with two counts of making terroristic threats during an emergency, two counts of throwing bodily fluid at an officer, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and two violations of the emergency orders. NBC News, "Man spit on officers, claimed to have COVID-19 during domestic incident arrest, police say," 15 Apr. 2020 The Living Mountain prescribes a philosophy of bodily thinking, in which the body is a sensorium and the senses are avenues to knowledge. Connor Goodwin, The Atlantic, "The Exquisite Pain of Reading in Quarantine," 11 Apr. 2020 Roughly the length of a finger, the insects fly together by the millions and are devouring crops and forcing people in some areas to bodily wade through them. Elias Meseret, BostonGlobe.com, "Locust outbreak, most serious in 25 years, hits East Africa," 17 Jan. 2020 Collective experiences among colleagues and mentors include needlestick injuries, being sprayed with every bodily fluid imaginable, as well as exposures to infections like meningococcal meningitis. Anna Goshua, STAT, "Medical students called to the Covid-19 fight need support, protection," 17 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of bodily

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of bodily was in the 14th century

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2 Apr 2021

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“Bodily.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bodily. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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bodily

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of bodily

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: relating to the body : having to do with a person's or animal's body

bodily

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of bodily (Entry 2 of 2)

: by moving someone's body
: as an entire structure rather than in pieces

bodily

adjective
bodi·​ly | \ ˈbä-də-lē How to pronounce bodily (audio) \

Kids Definition of bodily

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to the body bodily comfort bodily functions

bodily

adverb

Kids Definition of bodily (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : by the body … we shall … remove you bodily to a safer location.— Robert Lawson, Rabbit Hill
2 : as a whole They moved the house bodily.

bodily

adjective
bodi·​ly | \ ˈbäd-ᵊl-ē How to pronounce bodily (audio) \

Medical Definition of bodily

: of or relating to the body bodily organs

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