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[fiz-i-kal-i-tee] /ˌfɪz ɪˈkæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural physicalities.
the physical attributes of a person, especially when overdeveloped or overemphasized.
preoccupation with one's body, physical needs, or appetites.
Origin of physicality
1585-95; physical + -ity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for physicality
  • More than the home run, more than the strikeout, the double play distills the physicality of baseball.
  • It redefined modern dance, adding energy, robustness and physicality to traditional restrained moves.
  • The new physicality brought an unexpected element into the act: precision.
  • The process can be physically draining because of the physicality involved.
  • Though scientists measure the effect of neurological waves, there is more than physicality involved in migraines.
  • Yes, the physicality and living presence add something.
  • In all their physicality and in emotional and caring relationship to them.
  • But he also joined a gift for quick, clever, complex dialogue with a brilliant comedic physicality.
  • For me, that conveyed the physicality of crying after a horrible event.
  • He has imbued his prose with physicality because medicine is predicated on exactly that: physical action.
British Dictionary definitions for physicality


the state or quality of being physical
the physical characteristics of a person, object, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for physicality

1590s, from physical + -ity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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