sex·​u·​al | \ˈsek-sh(ə-)wəl, ˈsek-shəl\

Definition of sexual 

1 : of, relating to, or associated with sex or the sexes sexual differentiation sexual conflict

2 : having or involving sex sexual reproduction

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Other Words from sexual

sexually \ˈsek-​sh(ə-​)wə-​lē, ˈsek-​sh(ə-​)lē \ adverb

Examples of sexual in a Sentence

He denied that he had a sexual relationship with her.

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The authors conclude that the male baboons’ behavior amounts to sexual intimidation. Michael Price, Science | AAAS, "Are some primates wired for sexual harassment?," 6 July 2017 Mr. Cohen said that Carroll had tried hard to sublimate the sexual impulses that at times tormented him. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Morton Cohen, Scholar of Lewis Carroll and His Wonderland, Dies at 96," 4 July 2017 The emails do not appear to be related to any sexual assault investigations. Matthew Watkins And Jim Malewitz,, "As Baylor regent, lobbyist called drinking female students ‘perverted little tarts’," 2 July 2017 While the existence of the Comey tapes were merely hinted at, the tapes recording his lewd bragging about using his fame for sexual advancement are all too real. Isobel Thompson, The Hive, "Why Trump’s Misogyny Could Endanger His Presidency," 30 June 2017 Charging documents indicate that Jasiczek had sexual intercourse and engaged in lewd fondling or touching with a student over the age of 16 between Jan. 1 and May 3. Katy Bergen,, "Olathe South High teacher charged with unlawful sexual relations with student," 30 June 2017 Real freedom for women, Salt-N-Pepa are saying, lies in sexual autonomy, in taking control of their bodies. Dinitia Smith, Daily Intelligencer, "Straight Outta Queens," 30 June 2017 Former president Steve Penny resigned in March under intensifying pressure for the way the organization handled charges of sexual abuse. Will Graves,, "USA Gymnastics needs ‘culture change’ to stop abuse: review," 27 June 2017 And like North Carolina, Maryland had a law until 2008 that said a woman couldn't revoke sexual consent after it was initially given. Jessica Valenti, Marie Claire, "So We Can't Even Prosecute Our Rapists Now?," 26 June 2017

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First Known Use of sexual

1650, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sexual

Late Latin sexualis, from Latin sexus sex

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The first known use of sexual was in 1650

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English Language Learners Definition of sexual

: of, relating to, or involving sex

: of or relating to males and females


sex·​u·​al | \ˈsek-shə-wəl \

Kids Definition of sexual

1 : of or relating to sex or the sexes

2 : of, relating to, or being the form of reproduction in which germ cells from two parents combine in fertilization to form a new individual

Other Words from sexual

sexually adverb


sex·​u·​al | \ˈseksh-(ə-)wəl, ˈsek-shəl \

Medical Definition of sexual 

1 : of, relating to, or associated with sex or the sexes sexual differentiation sexual conflict

2 : having or involving sex sexual reproduction

Other Words from sexual

sexually \ˈseksh-​(ə-​)wə-​lē, ˈseksh-​(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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