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sexual

[ sek-shoo-uhl or, especially British, seks-yoo- ]
/ ˈsɛk ʃu əl or, especially British, ˈsɛks yu- /
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adjective
of, relating to, or for sex: sexual matters; sexual aids.
occurring between or involving the sexes: sexual relations.
having sexual organs or reproducing by processes involving both sexes.

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Origin of sexual

1645–55; <Late Latin sexuālis, equivalent to sexu(s) sex + -ālis-al1

OTHER WORDS FROM sexual

Other definitions for sexual (2 of 2)

-sexual

a combining form extracted from heterosexual and homosexual, used to describe a person's sexual orientation or identity:pansexual;polysexual.
a combining form extracted from metrosexual, used to describe a person's lifestyle, appearance, or way of dressing with regard to attracting or choosing a romantic partner:vegansexual;lumbersexual.
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British Dictionary definitions for sexual

sexual
/ (ˈsɛksjʊəl) /

adjective
of, relating to, or characterized by sex or sexuality
(of reproduction) characterized by the union of male and female gametesCompare asexual (def. 2)

Derived forms of sexual

sexually, adverb

Word Origin for sexual

C17: from Late Latin sexuālis; see sex
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