phys·​i·​cal·​i·​ty | \ˌfi-zə-ˈka-lə-tē \
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

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What has been a key factor in that not being the case this time round is his physicality., "Wilfried Zaha Has Proved He Is the Long Term Future of Crystal Palace's Front Line," 8 May 2018 His physicality and tactical ability almost seemed unfair and his opponents simply could not match his attributes., "Why Ruben Loftus-Cheek Will Make it at Chelsea Following Breakout Season at Crystal Palace," 12 July 2018 As time expired Foles lofted a desperate pass to Jeffery, hoping the veteran could use his size and physicality to come down with the ball and send the city of Philadelphia into euphoria. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "The 'Madden 18' Super Bowl simulation predicts a super-thrilling game," 29 Jan. 2018 Curtis, always the sort of performer whose physicality subtly shifts depending on the role, plays 2018 Laurie as a woman made out of steel wool. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The new Halloween reimagines the franchise as a tale of maternal warrior women," 19 Oct. 2018 His Kingpin is a study in contradictions, a mix of raw physicality and endless patience. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "Most Read," 12 Oct. 2018 In its place is Kirby’s affectless physicality, a muted wardrobe, and the evergreen presence of martinis. Molly Creeden, Vogue, "The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby on Why the Right Hair and Lipstick Make the Royal," 17 Sep. 2018 Still, Ayton averaged a double-double – 14.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game - and there were enough glimpses of his athleticism, physicality and talent to see why the Suns are so high on him. Scott Bordow, azcentral, "Phoenix Suns' summer-league takeaways: Deandre Ayton's progress, efforts of Davon Reed, Shaq Harrison," 13 July 2018 There were elements of Smith-Pelly’s style that Trotz appreciated: skating, physicality, penalty killing. Ben Shpigel, New York Times, "A Hockey Nomad May Find a Permanent Home on the Stanley Cup," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of physicality

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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