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sexual

Line breaks: sex¦ual
Pronunciation: /ˈsɛkʃʊəl
 
, ˈsɛksjʊəl
 
/

Definition of sexual in English:

adjective

1Relating to the instincts, physiological processes, and activities connected with physical attraction or intimate physical contact between individuals: she had felt the thrill of a sexual attraction
More example sentences
  • This was physical attraction, sexual temptation, nothing more.
  • Automobiles, contact sports, uncontrolled sexual activity - all ripe for criminalizing.
  • Integral to Wagnerian ideology is a belief that all sense of individual identity vanishes during sexual activity.
Synonyms
2Relating to the two sexes or to gender: sensitivity about sexual stereotypes
More example sentences
  • This cultural code expresses contempt for the body; devalues race, gender and sexual difference; and is fixated on ownership and control.
  • The award-winning British play promises a salacious good time with its decidedly postmodern take on gender and sexual power relationships in the middle ages.
  • It is often based on systematic observation, and can serve as a genuinely useful tool for expanding our concepts of sexual and gender possibilities.
2.1Of or characteristic of one sex or the other: the hormones which control the secondary sexual characteristics
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  • To recognize these differences should however not lead to an essentialism grounded in sexual or cultural characteristics.
  • Whether Basil was really male or female was quite impossible to tell; a fox hides its sexual characteristics very effectively between its legs.
  • Laelae and their equivalent elsewhere in the Pacific clearly point to a dislocation between sexual anatomy and gender identity.
3 Biology (Of reproduction) involving the fusion of gametes.
3.1Being of one sex or the other; capable of sexual reproduction: the asexual winged forms lay the eggs which hatch into the sexual form

Origin

mid 17th century: from late Latin sexualis, from Latin sexus 'sex'.

Derivatives

sexually

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • The counsellor warned those present that some sexually transmitted diseases last a lifetime.
  • A few years back, I heard of some dorks trying to sell coffee using some sexually graphic imagery.
  • As with all of her photos, they depict happy, sexually confident women who want to express another side to themselves.

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