phys·​i·​cal·​ly | \ ˈfi-zi-k(ə-)lē How to pronounce physically (audio) \

Definition of physically

1 : in a physical manner : in accord with physical laws It seemed that such long distance flights would be physically impossible without a highly energy-efficient form of soaring.— Henri Weimerskirch
2 : in respect to the body a physically demanding job Just two weeks before his death, Belushi was physically ejected from an L.A. convenience store at 2 a.m. when he insisted on buying liquor after hours.— Peter Carlson I loved it; but I was physically exhausted when I walked out of that studio on Sunday nights …— Brent Musberger

First Known Use of physically

circa 1528, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of physically was circa 1528

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“Physically.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of physically

: related to or involving the body or physical form
used to say what can truly happen or be done by physical effort

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