nonphysical

adjective
non·​phys·​i·​cal | \ ˌnän-ˈfi-zi-kəl How to pronounce nonphysical (audio) \

Definition of nonphysical

: not physical A baseball manager recognizes a nonphysical talent, hustle, as an essential gift of great players and great teams.— Frederick P. Brooks Jr. … a cycle of creation and destruction that determines all reality, physical and nonphysical.— David Redles

Examples of nonphysical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those with an appreciable interest in nonphysical playfulness scored high, and playful adults who were physically active scored the highest. Kevin Johnson, Outside Online, 4 May 2022 Where Reasons End is set in a nontemporal, nonphysical place. Eve Bowen, The New York Review of Books, 5 Mar. 2022 Now, her grandson, Vladyslav, 17, has to live with the nonphysical scars of that trauma. NBC News, 20 Mar. 2022 Some think the ascent of tech, with its extraordinary revenue escalation and burgeoning intangible assets—the worth of nonphysical things like data and operating systems, etc.—changed the picture. Larry Light, Fortune, 20 Jan. 2022 Trustees Tim Wilson and Kerston Russell hit back at what each called nonphysical threats from the community during debate around the project. James T. Norman, chicagotribune.com, 24 Nov. 2021 But amortization, the term for depreciating nonphysical assets, was less straightforward. Robert Faturechi, ProPublica, 8 July 2021 After quite a long period of nonphysical contact, the first formal meetings will be pretty agonizing. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, 17 May 2021 Contacts were sorted by place (home, school, work, leisure) and by nature (physical or nonphysical, brief or longer lasting). Jill Neimark, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Nov. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of nonphysical

1843, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

9 May 2022

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“Nonphysical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonphysical. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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