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 Much like Horn, Newsome needs to be careful with his physicality in-and-out of breaks, as he was called for five penalties in just six games this season. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: 3 draft prospects worth trading up for, including a pass rusher reminiscent of DeMarcus Lawrence," 31 Mar. 2021 The 6-3, 205-pound Davis is expected to be a help in both the passing and running games because of his physicality. J.p. Pelzman, Forbes, "Evaluating What The New York Jets Have Done In Free Agency And What Potential Moves Are Left," 19 Mar. 2021 His exuberance, his physicality, his desire to crash into things — that was hockey. New York Times, "Sports Meant So Much to Me. Why Wouldn’t My Son Play?," 16 Mar. 2021 Jones, currently an assistant coach with the Washington Mystics, has already been impressed with Aaliyah’s game — especially her physicality as a freshman. Alexa Philippou,, "Aaliyah Edwards, UConn’s soft-spoken freshman, has made her presence felt in a big way," 5 Mar. 2021 The Cavs made adjustments at halftime, picked up the physicality and limited Miami to 48 points over the final two quarters. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Darius Garland ejected as Cleveland Cavaliers’ Miami losing streak continues, 115-101," 4 Apr. 2021 The physicality, however, didn't seem to slow down the Wild, with the team keeping Fleury busy. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, "Kaapo Kahkonen strong again, Wild fends off Vegas 4-3 to complete series sweep at home," 10 Mar. 2021 In the days following the loss to the Seminoles, with a week off before hosting Notre Dame, Louisville turned up the physicality in practice. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Why improved rebounding should give Cards optimism going into NCAA women's tournament," 9 Mar. 2021 But as conference play began and the physicality ratcheted up on New Year’s Eve, Mobley had his most frustrating game yet. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "Evan Mobley and USC let Pac-12 opener slip away in loss to Colorado," 31 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of physicality

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Physicality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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