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[sek-shoo-uh l or, esp. British, seks-yoo-] /ˈsɛk ʃu əl or, esp. British, ˈsɛks yu-/

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 .
not of, relating to, or characterized by sex or sexuality
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)

sex’u·al·ly adv.


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