A physical altercation is described as an argument, conflict, or confrontation involving physical aggression or force. Physical altercations are distinguished from verbal altercations by the presence of physical contact. These conflicts are commonly referred to as fights and may constitute battery under the law.
State and federal laws prohibit violence and physical altercations, with local variations.
When employed in the context of athletics, the definition of physical altercation has a different meaning. Physical altercation in sports leagues can refer to any conduct that is not directly related to the sport or game being played.