mentally

adverb
men·​tal·​ly | \ ˈmen-tᵊl-ē How to pronounce mentally (audio) \

Definition of mentally

1 : in the mind Mentally he promised himself that he would never again use a collar on any living creature.— Brian Jacques : using the mind able to mentally calculate large sums
2 : with regard to the mind or its capacity physically and mentally healthy people a mentally competent adult a mentally challenging activity … if you try to hide the fact that you feel mentally inadequate, and so go around making jokes about your own dullness and acting as if it didn't bother you at all …— David Foster Wallace I felt too hungry and tired and mentally overloaded to ask any more questions.— Rick Riordan

First Known Use of mentally

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Mentally.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mentally. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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