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physically

[fiz-ik-lee] /ˈfɪz ɪk li/
adverb
1.
relating to the body or its appearance:
He is not physically attractive.
2.
according to what exists in the physical world as perceived by the senses:
It's not physically possible because of the laws of gravity.
3.
in a way that involves rough body contact or strenuous physical activity: a physically abusive spouse;
a physically demanding sport.
Origin of physically
1580-1590
First recorded in 1580-90; physical + -ly
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  • physically he had considerably improved, but mentally he was not yet recovered.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • physically he had undoubtedly improved; his legs had hardened and smoothed down.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • physically, she did not interest him; in fact, the whole business bored him.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • physically speaking, so far the result has been satisfactory.

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • Her love affairs had left her with affections crushed and physically disabled.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt

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