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coitus Line breaks: co¦itus
Pronunciation: /ˈkəʊɪtəs/

Definition of coitus in English:


[mass noun] formal
Sexual intercourse.
Example sentences
  • When interpreting the available data he speculates that many people in the U.S. engage in extramarital coitus despite their belief that this behavior is not morally acceptable.
  • Only 6.4% of the coitally experienced male adolescents reported that they had ever used a condom for coitus.
  • In fact, initiation and frequency of coitus are often the only aspects of sexual behavior that are measured.


Pronunciation: /ˈkəʊɪt(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • This rapid ejaculation brings coital activity to an abrupt end and interferes with the sexual satisfaction of both the man and his partner.
  • One should also note that the most consistent predictor of coital sex is precoital sex.
  • Condom use was expressed as a proportion defined on the basis of two items: the total number of coital events and the number of coital events in which a condom was used.


Mid 19th century: from Latin, from coire 'go together' (see coition).

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