psychosexual

adjective
psy·cho·sex·u·al | \ˌsī-kō-ˈsek-shə-wəl, -shwəl, -shəl\

Definition of psychosexual 

1 : of or relating to the mental, emotional, and behavioral aspects of sexual development

2 : of or relating to mental or emotional attitudes concerning sexual activity

3 : of or relating to the physiological psychology of sex

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Other Words from psychosexual

psychosexually adverb

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Soon local bands spotted his postings and asked him to make music videos, charmed by the way the low-tech look of his cartoons heightened the perversity of his adult-only psychosexual dramas. Barbara Pollack, New York Times, "Hong Kong’s Youth Culture, Captured in Disturbing Animations," 18 May 2018 Along with the relentless psychosexual drama, Ozon infuses the film with inventive, terrifying, and occasionally transcendent camera work that recalls some Gallic admixture of Hitchcock and Michael Haneke. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "Double Lover’s Marine Vacth on Her Provocative New Thriller, Our #MeToo Moment, And Starring in the Most French Film of the Year," 14 Feb. 2018 The mouse sprinting through this dizzying psychosexual labyrinth is Chloé Fortin (Marine Vacth), a dark-haired 25-year-old beauty with a sad, haunted stare and a history of abdominal pains. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "François Ozon's psychosexual thriller 'Double Lover' is a twisty, trashy delight," 14 Feb. 2018 The story of one murder eventually opens up to include other potential homicides, cases of mistaken identity, childhood trauma, incomplete physical evidence, complex psychosexual personality quirks, and the vagaries of memory and fantasy itself. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Shall we play a game? WarGames gets interactive reboot from Her Story dev," 6 Dec. 2017 This has kinky potential, and director Marc Forster makes a feint in the direction of psychosexual thriller. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "All I See Is You," 25 Oct. 2017 And the military's policy toward transgender troops was to consider gender dysphoria, the scientific term for people who identify with a gender different from the one they were assigned at birth, as a psychosexual disorder. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin transgender veteran criticizes Trump's attempt to bar transgender people," 26 July 2017 Pelkie said those included Molina's having no contact with children outside of his immediate family, having no contact with minors via the internet and undergoing psychosexual evaluation and counseling. Bill Bird, Naperville Sun, "Man gets probation in Naperville teen girl sex abuse case," 9 May 2017 Anyone who has even a slight acquaintance with Freudian theory or Japanese erotica will grasp the psychosexual significance of those eels, who live in the aquifer underneath an Alpine spa and occasionally make their way into the plumbing and beyond. A. O. Scott, New York Times, "Review: ‘A Cure for Wellness’ Is a Riot of Film References. With Eels.," 16 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of psychosexual

1892, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of psychosexual was in 1892

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psychosexual

adjective
psy·cho·sex·u·al | \ˌsī-kō-ˈseksh-(ə-)wəl, -ˈsek-shəl \

Medical Definition of psychosexual 

1 : of or relating to the mental, emotional, and behavioral aspects of sexual development

2 : of or relating to mental or emotional attitudes concerning sexual activity

3 : of or relating to the psychophysiology of sex

Other Words from psychosexual

psychosexually \ \ adverb

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