of, relating to, or for :
sexual matters; sexual aids.
occurring between or involving the :
sexual relations.
having sexual organs or reproducing by processes involving both .
Contemporary Examples

A huge initial problem is that rape and sexual assault on campus are both poorly and non-uniformly measured.
Breaking the Silence Over Campus Rapes Emily Shire January 22, 2014

They have been trafficked into sexual slavery, often from Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe.
Hollywood’s Sex-Slave Crusade Dana Goldstein November 10, 2009

Blatter laughed out loud and quipped: “Then they should refrain from any sexual activities.”
How FIFA Outgrew Homophobia–Almost Stefan Theil July 1, 2011

Just last month, Egyptian cinemas screened a new and much-talked-about movie about sexual harassment.
Egypt’s Women Rally Behind Lara Logan Ursula Lindsey February 15, 2011

A mystery that roasted Washington, D.C. for its sexual depravities might have been a guilty pleasure.
Do I Have to Read James Patterson? William Boot January 1, 2010

Historical Examples

With the acceptance of the tendency to monogamy we are not at the end of sexual morality, but only at the beginning.
Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 6 (of 6) Havelock Ellis

It was social inequality which gave rise to sexual vices as to all the other vices.
Freeland Theodor Hertzka

Thus in sexual reproduction two hereditary tendencies are in a sense intermingled.
Herbert Spencer J. Arthur Thomson

Hardly is the sexual act consummated than all vanishes like a dream.
The Sexual Question August Forel

Briefly, this human belief in a sexual bond rests on a principle of which the modern mind has made a very inadequate study.
What’s Wrong With The World G.K. Chesterton

of, relating to, or characterized by sex or sexuality
(of reproduction) characterized by the union of male and female gametes Compare asexual (sense 2)

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.

sexual sex·u·al (sěk’shōō-əl)

Of, relating to, involving, or characteristic of sex, sexuality, the sexes, or the sex organs and their functions.

Implying or symbolizing erotic desires or activity.

Of, relating to, or involving the union of male and female gametes.

sex’u·al·ly adv.


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