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Definition 1: involving the body as distinguished from the mind or spirit - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where physical or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • physical exercise
  • physical suffering
  • was sloppy about everything but her physical appearance

(physical is similar to ...) marked by the appetites and passions of the body

"animal instincts" "carnal knowledge" "fleshly desire" "a sensual delight in eating" "music is the only sensual pleasure without vice"

(physical is similar to ...) affecting or characteristic of the body as opposed to the mind or spirit

"bodily needs" "a corporal defect" "corporeal suffering" "a somatic symptom or somatic illness"

(physical is similar to ...) concerned with or affecting physical as distinct from intellectual or psychological well-being

"material needs" "the moral and material welfare of all good citizens"

(physical is similar to ...) intimately concerning a person's body or physical being

"personal hygiene"

(physical is similar to ...) of or consistent with an organism's normal functioning

"physiologic functions" "physiological processes"

(physical is similar to ...) of or arising from physiological causes rather than being psychogenic in origin

"somatogenic theories of schizophrenia"

Definition 2: relating to the sciences dealing with matter and energy; especially physics - [adjective denoting pert]

Samples where physical or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • physical sciences
  • physical laws

Definition 3: characterized by energetic bodily activity - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where physical or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a very physical dance performance

(physical is similar to ...) possessing or exerting or displaying energy

"an energetic fund raiser for the college" "an energetic group of hikers" "it caused an energetic chemical reaction"

Definition 4: impelled by physical force especially against resistance - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where physical or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • forcible entry
  • a real cop would get physical
  • strong-arm tactics

Synonyms for physical in the sense of this definition

(physical is similar to ...) characterized by or full of force or strength (often but not necessarily physical)

"a forceful speaker" "a forceful personality" "forceful measures" "a forceful plan for peace"

Definition 5: having substance or material existence; perceptible to the senses - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where physical or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a physical manifestation
  • surrounded by tangible objects

(physical is similar to ...) derived from or composed of matter

"the material universe"

Definition 6: according with material things or natural laws (other than those peculiar to living matter) - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where physical or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a reflex response to physical stimuli

(physical is similar to ...) existing in or in conformity with nature or the observable world; neither supernatural nor magical

"a perfectly natural explanation"

Definition 7: concerned with material things - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where physical or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • physical properties
  • the physical characteristics of the earth
  • the physical size of a computer

(physical is similar to ...) derived from or composed of matter

"the material universe"

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