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 Throughout the event, the host will go through a five-stage process that begins with a body scan to engage one’s physicality, which incorporates meditation on the breath, the balancing of emotional states, visualization and self-healing. Sharina Taveras Lopez,, "South Carroll: Santa expected at Mount Airy buffet; candlelight services planned for Christmas Eve," 9 Dec. 2019 Initially, it was thought that the size and physicality of the Razorbacks would be an issue for San Jose State, which was the case in the Spartans’ previous game, a 34-16 drubbing Sept. 7 against Tulsa. C.j. Peterson, The Mercury News, "Takeaways: San Jose State pulls a stunner in Arkansas," 21 Sep. 2019 That much was clear against the Mercury, with Brittney Griner dropping a smooth 34 points as Ndoor and Dolson struggled to deal with her size and physicality. Kellen Becoats,, "Finding the Sky’s Limit: Just How Good Is Chicago as the Postseason Approaches?," 27 Aug. 2019 The Lions never figured out how to deal with the size and physicality of 6-foot-6, 260-pound Kaelen Allen. Eric Sondheimer,, "Capistrano Valley's season-completing title run highlights many good things about sports," 3 June 2018 Both will continue to struggle with size and physicality. Bill Landis,, "Ohio State basketball: Buckeyes dirty secret is getting exposed, can they fix their guard problem?," 18 Feb. 2018 IU’s ability to punish inside helped create open looks for 3s, but this time around it was much easier for Ohio State to defend when the physicality inside went away. Stefan Krajisnik, Indianapolis Star, "IU basketball: Brunk, Hoosiers getting pushed around lately," 2 Feb. 2020 Sophomore forward EJ Montgomery and freshman forward Keion Brooks lack the physicality to hold their own against older, bruising big men. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Auburn loss won't cripple Kentucky basketball, but it showed what could be team's fatal flaw," 2 Feb. 2020 The 49ers’ quarterback showed some physicality in the first half Saturday against the Vikings by throwing a block on linebacker Anthony Barr on a reverse to receiver Deebo Samuel. Matt Kawahara,, "49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo pancakes Vikings linebacker," 11 Jan. 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 25 Feb. 2020.

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