1. Of or befitting athletics or athletes.
2. Characterized by or involving physical activity or exertion: an athletic lifestyle; an athletic child.
3. Physically strong and well-developed; muscular: an actor with an athletic build.
ath·leti·cism (-lĕtĭ-sĭz′əm) n.
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