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[sek-shoo-uh l or, esp. British, seks-yoo-] /ˈsɛk ʃu əl or, esp. British, ˈsɛks yu-/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or for sex:
sexual matters; sexual aids.
2.
occurring between or involving the sexes:
sexual relations.
3.
having sexual organs or reproducing by processes involving both sexes.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; < Late Latin sexuālis, equivalent to sexu(s) sex + -ālis -al1
Related forms
sexually, adverb
antisexual, adjective
antisexually, adverb
nonsexual, adjective, noun
nonsexually, adverb
unsexual, adjective
unsexually, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for sexual

sexual

/ˈsɛksjʊəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characterized by sex or sexuality
2.
(of reproduction) characterized by the union of male and female gametes Compare asexual (sense 2)
Derived Forms
sexually, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin sexuālis; see sex
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Word Origin and History for sexual
adj.

1650s, "of or pertaining to the fact of being male or female," from Late Latin sexualis "relating to sex," from Latin sexus (see sex (n.)). Meaning "pertaining to copulation or generation" is from 1766; sexual intercourse attested by 1778; sexual orientation by 1967; sexual harassment by 1975. Sexual revolution attested by 1962. Sexual politics is from 1970. Related: Sexually.

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sexual in Medicine

sexual sex·u·al (sěk'shōō-əl)
adj.

  1. Of, relating to, involving, or characteristic of sex, sexuality, the sexes, or the sex organs and their functions.

  2. Implying or symbolizing erotic desires or activity.

  3. Of, relating to, or involving the union of male and female gametes.


sex'u·al·ly adv.
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