phys·​i·​cal·​i·​ty | \ ˌfi-zə-ˈka-lə-tē How to pronounce physicality (audio) \
plural physicalities

Definition of physicality

1 : intensely physical orientation : predominance of the physical usually at the expense of the mental, spiritual, or social
2 : a physical aspect or quality

Examples of physicality in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Against the Bucks, Boston can’t use that same physicality because of Antetokounmpo’s size and strength and his ability to absorb contact and finish at the rim. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, 6 May 2022 Tasks are automated between teammates, colleagues, and lines of business, cutting out the physicality. Patrick Moorhead, Forbes, 3 May 2022 While the Warriors collectively struggled at times to match the Grizzlies’ physicality in the first half, Green was among the few that were unfazed. C.j. Holmes, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 May 2022 Trying to find that balance of showing him a body, showing him physicality, but not letting others get too loose. Mark Murphy, Hartford Courant, 22 Apr. 2022 Among them is medical sergeant James Harper, a man of few words and a thousand-yard stare, portrayed with a contained and subtle physicality by Chris Pine. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Mar. 2022 For all the gyrating action, the movie lacks physicality; the characters don’t seem to be in one another’s presence, their feet don’t touch the ground. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 24 Mar. 2022 Sundqvist, who shoots right, is a solid 200-foot player who brings physicality, and who'll fill in at both wing and center. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, 23 Mar. 2022 Alan Ritchson certainly brings the right taciturn physicality to the role—Reacher is repeatedly described as swole and stoic—but other details had to be spot-on too, such as the diner setting which functions as such a key part of the book. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 17 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of physicality

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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15 May 2022

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“Physicality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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