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adjective     physical pronunciation in British English
  1. 1
    relating to your body rather than your mind

    The emotional and physical strain of the previous day had left him exhausted.

    Depressed people often complain of physical symptoms such as headaches.

    children who have physical disabilities

    physical violence

    hard physical work

  2. 2
    able to be seen, touched, or felt

    There was little physical evidence linking the suspects with the crime.

  3. 3
    relating to the way that someone or something looks
    physical appearance/characteristics:

    She is obsessed with her physical appearance.

  4. 4
    used about activities that involve people touching or hitting each other a lot

    Rugby is a very physical game.

    physical contact (=touching):

    There was little physical contact between mother and children.

    1. a.
      a physical person touches people a lot, either in a friendly or a rough way

      Children tend to be very physical.

  5. 5
    existing in the real world, rather than in someone’s imagination

    a physical impossibility

    the physical universe

  6. 6
    [only before noun] relating to physics

    physical and theoretical chemistry

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