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
sexuallyplay \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.
Recent Examples of sexual from the Web
The authors conclude that the male baboons’ behavior amounts to sexual intimidation.
Mr. Cohen said that Carroll had tried hard to sublimate the sexual impulses that at times tormented him.
The emails do not appear to be related to any sexual assault investigations.
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.
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.
Real freedom for women, Salt-N-Pepa are saying, lies in sexual autonomy, in taking control of their bodies.
Former president Steve Penny resigned in March under intensifying pressure for the way the organization handled charges of sexual abuse.
And like North Carolina, Maryland had a law until 2008 that said a woman couldn't revoke sexual consent after it was initially given.
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Origin and Etymology of sexual
Late Latin sexualis, from Latin sexus sex
First Known Use: 1650See Words from the same year
SEXUAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sexual for English Language Learners
: of, relating to, or involving sex
: of or relating to males and females
SEXUAL Defined for Kids
Definition of sexual for Students
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
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