[ li-bid-n-l ]

  1. Psychoanalysis. relating to the libido, all of the instinctual energies and desires derived from the id, an unconscious part of the psyche: This task of “behaving oneself” is always done through control of the libidinal excesses.A person preoccupied with excessive libidinal energy cannot shift focus from their own pressing needs to responsibilities involving other people.

  2. of or relating to the sexual instinct or drive: Individuals may marry for many reasons, including legal, social, libidinal, emotional, financial, and religious considerations.

Origin of libidinal

First recorded in 1922; from Latin libīdin- (stem of libīdo libido ) + -al1

Other words from libidinal

  • li·bid·i·nal·ly, adverb

Words Nearby libidinal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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