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Meaning of sexual by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Latin sexualis, from sexus ( “sex” ); see sex .


    • IPA: /ˈsɛkʃuəl/
    • Rhymes: -ɛkʃuəl


    sexual ( comparative more sexual, superlative most sexual )

    1. Of or relating to having sex, sexual acts and sexual reproduction .
      Giving oral sex is my favorite sexual act
    2. Of or relating to gender .
      There is a lot sexual discrimination against women in the workplace
    3. Of or relating to sexuality .
      She's a very sexual woman .
      A sexual innuendo .
    4. Of or relating to sexual orientations, sexual identity or preferences with respect to sexual intercourse
      Sexual preferences

    Derived terms

    Related terms

    • sex

    See also


    sexual ( plural: sexuals )

    1. ( biology ) A species which reproduces by sexual rather than asexual reproduction, or a member of such a species .
    2. ( LGBT ) A person who experiences sexual attraction, a person who has interest in or desire for sex ( especially as contrasted with an asexual ) .


    • ( biology ): asexual
    • ( person ): asexual

    External links

    • sexual in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • sexual in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Explanation of sexual by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. involved in a sexual relationship

    2. the intimate ( or sexual ) relations between husband and wife
    3. having or involving sex

    4. sexual reproduction
      sexual spores
    5. of or relating to or characterized by sexuality

    6. sexual orientation
      sexual distinctions

    Definition of sexual by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Sexual a. [L. sexualis, fr. sexus sex: cf. F. sexuel.] Of or pertaining to sex, or the sexes; distinguishing sex; peculiar to the distinction and office of male or female; relating to the distinctive genital organs of the sexes; proceeding from, or based upon, sex; as, “sexual characteristics; sexual intercourse, connection, or commerce; sexual desire; sexual diseases; sexual generation”.

      Sexual dimorphism ( Biol. ), the condition of having one of the sexes existing in two forms, or varieties, differing in color, size, etc., as in many species of butterflies which have two kinds of females. -- Sexual method ( Bot. ), a method of classification proposed by Linnaeus, founded mainly on difference in number and position of the stamens and pistils of plants. -- Sexual selection ( Biol. ), the selective preference of one sex for certain characteristics in the other, such as bright colors, musical notes, etc.; also, the selection which results from certain individuals of one sex having more opportunities of pairing with the other sex, on account of greater activity, strength, courage, etc.; applied likewise to that kind of evolution which results from such sexual preferences. Darwin.

      In these cases, therefore, natural selection seems to have acted independently of sexual selection. A. R. Wallace.