psy·​cho·​sex·​u·​al | \ ˌsī-kō-ˈsek-shə-wəl How to pronounce psychosexual (audio) , -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

Examples of psychosexual in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Korean cinema has specialized in melodrama long enough to produce some unlikely hybrids, such as the melodramatic psychosexual horror shows of Kim Ki-young. Colin Marshall, The New Yorker, "What to Stream: The Best Movies in the Korean Film Archive," 17 June 2020 The series brought new narrative complexity and psychological — and especially psychosexual — richness to a pastiche of familiar characters, from Frankenstein's monster to Dr. Jekyll to myriad interconnected vampires, werewolves and witches. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Penny Dreadful: City of Angels': TV Review," 24 Apr. 2020 Such a change is a double-edged sword for viewers hungry for more of Villanelle (Emmy-winner Jodie Comer) and Eve’s (Emmy-winner Oh) globetrotting psychosexual obsession. Ariana Romero,, "5 Killing Eve Season 2 Twists You Need To Remember Before Season 3," 11 Apr. 2020 He was ordered to undergo a psychosexual evaluation before his sentencing on March 19. Rachel Weiner, Washington Post, "Man pleads guilty to 2016 Alexandria rape solved using forensic genealogy," 17 Oct. 2019 But this is a missing-person mystery that struggles to earn its entreaties toward psychosexual intrigue, mostly because of writer-director Wash Westmoreland's curiously slack, inattentive direction. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to Watch (and Skip) in Theaters and on Netflix This Thanksgiving Weekend," 27 Nov. 2019 However, the Diocese knew as early as 1968 that Burke had a psychosexual disorder, including while on assignment at a special ministry for students, and teaching high school students, in Grand Junction. Jessica Seaman, The Denver Post, "Colorado Catholic Church sexual abuse: Who are the 40 priests named in the report?," 23 Oct. 2019 In order to feel something, anything, Roman begins a psychosexual liaison with the company’s longtime general counsel, Gerri (J. Smith-Cameron), who is twice his age. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "How Succession Skewers the Rich," 9 Sep. 2019 McHenry pointed to a psychosexual evaluation of Mandish, which suggested he’s not likely to reoffend., "Gaston man who downloaded child pornography sentenced to 8 years in federal prison," 9 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of psychosexual

1892, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Psychosexual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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psy·​cho·​sex·​u·​al | \ ˌsī-kō-ˈseksh-(ə-)wəl, -ˈsek-shəl How to pronounce psychosexual (audio) \

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 \ -​ē How to pronounce psychosexually (audio) \ adverb

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