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adjective sen·su·al \ˈsen(t)-sh(ə-)wəl, -shəl\

Simple Definition of sensual

  • : relating to, devoted to, or producing physical or sexual pleasure

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sensual

  1. 1 :  relating to or consisting in the gratification of the senses or the indulgence of appetite :  fleshly

  2. 2 :  sensory 1

  3. 3a :  devoted to or preoccupied with the senses or appetitesb :  voluptuousc :  deficient in moral, spiritual, or intellectual interests :  worldly; especially :  irreligious


play \ˌsen(t)-shə-ˈwa-lə-tē\ noun


play \ˈsen(t)-sh(ə-)wə-lē, ˈsen-shə-lē\ adverb

Examples of sensual in a sentence

  1. A sharp observer with a pleasing eye for sensual detail, Jaffrey weaves a richly textured story in which she effortlessly mingles quotidian dramas with historic events including the partition of India. —Michelle Green, People, 6 Nov. 2006

  2. And Rousseau, in his Confessions, wrote of the sensual pleasure he found in simple meals of peasant cheeses and breads. —Andrea Lee Gourmet, May 2004

  3. Certain fragrances apparently heighten sensual experiences.

  4. <the sensual feel of a velvet shirt against the skin>

Origin and Etymology of sensual

Middle English, from Late Latin sensualis, from Latin sensus sense

First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of sensual

carnal, fleshly, sensual, animal mean having a relation to the body. carnal may mean only this but more often connotes derogatorily an action or manifestation of a person's lower nature <a slave to carnal desires>. fleshly is less derogatory than carnal <a saint who had experienced fleshly temptations>. sensual may apply to any gratification of a bodily desire or pleasure but commonly implies sexual appetite with absence of the spiritual or intellectual <fleshpots providing sensual delights>. animal stresses the physical as distinguished from the rational nature of a person <led a mindless animal existence>.

sensuous, sensual, luxurious, voluptuous mean relating to or providing pleasure through gratification of the senses. sensuous implies gratification of the senses for the sake of aesthetic pleasure <the sensuous delights of great music>. sensual tends to imply the gratification of the senses or the indulgence of the physical appetites as ends in themselves <a life devoted to sensual pleasures>. luxurious suggests the indulgence of sensuous pleasure inducing bodily ease and languor <a luxurious hotel>. voluptuous implies more strongly an abandonment especially to sensual pleasure <a voluptuous feast>.

SENSUAL Defined for Kids


adjective sen·su·al \ˈsen-shə-wəl\

Definition of sensual for Students

  1. :  relating to the pleasing of the senses

Medical Dictionary


adjective sen·su·al \ˈsench-(ə-)wəl, ˈsen-shəl\

Medical Definition of sensual

  1. 1:  sensory 1

  2. 2:  relating to or consisting in the gratification of the senses or the indulgence of appetite

  3. 3:  devoted to or preoccupied with the senses or appetites

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