[sek-shoo-uh l or, esp. British, seks-yoo-]
  1. of, relating to, or for sex: sexual matters; sexual aids.
  2. occurring between or involving the sexes: sexual relations.
  3. having sexual organs or reproducing by processes involving both sexes.

Origin of sexual

1645–55; < Late Latin sexuālis, equivalent to sexu(s) sex + -ālis -al1
Related formssex·u·al·ly, adverban·ti·sex·u·al, adjectivean·ti·sex·u·al·ly, adverbnon·sex·u·al, adjective, nounnon·sex·u·al·ly, adverbun·sex·u·al, adjectiveun·sex·u·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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

Word Origin for sexual

C17: from Late Latin sexuālis; see sex
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Word Origin and History for sexually



1650s, "of or pertaining to the fact of being male or female," from Late Latin sexualis "relating to sex," from Latin sexus (see sex (n.)). Meaning "pertaining to copulation or generation" is from 1766; sexual intercourse attested by 1778; sexual orientation by 1967; sexual harassment by 1975. Sexual revolution attested by 1962. Sexual politics is from 1970. Related: Sexually.

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sexually in Medicine


  1. Of, relating to, involving, or characteristic of sex, sexuality, the sexes, or the sex organs and their functions.
  2. Implying or symbolizing erotic desires or activity.
  3. Of, relating to, or involving the union of male and female gametes.
Related formssexu•al•ly adv.
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