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Is there an adjective of intensity (or similar term related to force) that ends in "-al"? like: space > spatial, time > temporal, etc.

Intensity is meant as the physical attribute/dimension of some physical phenomenon.

Sample sentence: "... the high (...adjetive of intensity needed here...), temporal [adjective of time], and spatial [adjective of space] resolving powers of macroscopic observations require that ... "

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  • Can you give an example sentence? Why doesn't intense work?
    – alphabet
    Nov 22, 2023 at 15:02
  • for example, spatial-temporal refers to two dimensions easily. Nov 22, 2023 at 15:04
  • @Oliver: Except it's usually spatio-temporal. Nov 22, 2023 at 15:08
  • There's gravitational for the force of gravity, but the first other "fundamental force" that comes to mind is electro-magnetic, which doesn't end in -al. What exactly are we looking for here? Nov 22, 2023 at 15:11
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    Physicists would say the 'magnitude' of a force, not its intensity. You could use 'magnitudinal' a word which seems to be in use while not appearing in any dictionaries.
    – tgdavies
    Jan 24 at 3:22

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The -al ending means something like "pertaining or relating to the domain of" (e.g. gravitational, pertaining to the domain of gravitation); but intensity itself is not a domain but a matter of degree and it can apply to any domain with varying intensity; consider "intensity of color, intensity of pressure". However, if the domain you have in mind is the measurement of intensity, then I'd concur with the suggestion made by tgdavies in the comments above: magnitudinal.

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  • Focal maybe for focus

  • Impactful

  • Existential if you change the wording

  • Empirical might be the most appropriate

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