physical

When something is physical it's really there. You can see it, touch it, taste it, hear it, or smell it. The physical world is all of the stuff around you.

When your doctor performs a physical, he or she is checking out your physical self. They're probably going to take your temperature, draw blood and listen to your heart and lungs. You may be asked a mental health question or two, but they're not going to ask you how you feel about God or what the meaning of life is. In physical education, you do physical activity. You move your body to make it healthier.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: physical

1
adj
involving the body as distinguished from the mind or spirit
2
adj
relating to the sciences dealing with matter and energy; especially physics
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: physical
1

adj involving the body as distinguished from the mind or spirit

physical exercise”
physical suffering”
“was sloppy about everything but her physical appearance”
Synonyms
animal, carnal, fleshly, sensual
marked by the appetites and passions of the body
bodily, corporal, corporeal, somatic
affecting or characteristic of the body as opposed to the mind or spirit
material
concerned with or affecting physical as distinct from intellectual or psychological well-being
personal
intimately concerning a person's body or physical being
physiologic, physiological
of or consistent with an organism's normal functioning
somatogenetic, somatogenic
of or arising from physiological causes rather than being psychogenic in origin
Antonyms:
mental
involving the mind or an intellectual process
intellectual, noetic, rational
of or associated with or requiring the use of the mind
moral
psychological rather than physical or tangible in effect
psychic, psychical
affecting or influenced by the human mind
psychogenic
mental or emotional rather than physiological in origin
psychological
mental or emotional as opposed to physical in nature
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adj characterized by energetic bodily activity

“a very physical dance performance”
Synonyms
energetic
possessing or exerting or displaying energy

adj having substance or material existence; perceptible to the senses

“a physical manifestation”
Synonyms
material
derived from or composed of matter

adj according with material things or natural laws (other than those peculiar to living matter)

“a reflex response to physical stimuli”
Synonyms
natural
existing in or in conformity with nature or the observable world; neither supernatural nor magical

adj concerned with material things

physical properties”
“the physical characteristics of the earth”
“the physical size of a computer”
Synonyms
material
derived from or composed of matter

adj impelled by physical force especially against resistance

“a real cop would get physical
Synonyms:
forcible, strong-arm
forceful
characterized by or full of force or strength (often but not necessarily physical)
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adj relating to the sciences dealing with matter and energy; especially physics

physical sciences”
physical laws”
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