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physical

adjective
 
 
/ˈfɪzɪkəl/
relating to things you can see or touch: Payments for actual physical goods are not the only items involved in international trade.
ACCOUNTING, FINANCE used to describe assets that can be seen and touched, for example buildings or equipment: Companies must raise capital for physical assets.
FINANCE, STOCK MARKET used to describe commodities (= substances or products that can be traded) that can be bought and delivered immediately: physical commodities such as wheat, cotton, rice, and corn
FINANCE, STOCK MARKET used to describe shares, bonds, etc. with a certificate , rather than ones that exist only in electronic form: If the investor is delivered physical shares, their value will be less than the initial investment.
(Definition of physical from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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