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sensual

[ sen-shoo-uhl ]
/ ˈsɛn ʃu əl /
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adjective
pertaining to, inclined to, or preoccupied with the gratification of the senses or appetites; carnal; fleshly.
lacking in moral restraints; lewd or unchaste.
arousing or exciting the senses or appetites.
of or relating to the senses or physical sensation; sensory.
pertaining to the philosophical doctrine of sensationalism.
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Origin of sensual

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, from Latin sēnsuālis, equivalent to sēnsu-, stem of sēnsus sense + -ālis -al1

synonym study for sensual

1. Sensual, sensuous, voluptuous refer to experience through the senses. Sensual refers, often unfavorably, to the enjoyments derived from the senses, especially from the gratification or indulgence of physical appetites: a sensual delight in eating; sensual excesses. Sensuous refers, favorably or literally, to what is experienced through the senses: sensuous impressions; sensuous poetry. Voluptuous implies the luxurious gratification of sensuous or sensual desires: voluptuous joys; voluptuous beauty. See also carnal.

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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH sensual

sensual , sensuous (see synonym study at the current entry)
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British Dictionary definitions for sensual

sensual
/ (ˈsɛnsjʊəl) /

adjective
of or relating to any of the senses or sense organs; bodily
strongly or unduly inclined to gratification of the senses
tending to arouse the bodily appetites, esp the sexual appetite
of or relating to sensualism

Derived forms of sensual

sensually, adverbsensualness, noun

Word Origin for sensual

C15: from Late Latin sensuālis, from Latin sēnsus sense . Compare French sensuel, Italian sensuale
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Medical definitions for sensual

sensual
[ sĕnshōō-əl ]

adj.
Relating to or affecting any of the senses or a sense organ; sensory.
Of, relating to, given to, or providing gratification of the physical and especially the sexual appetites.
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