See also: -sexual

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EtymologyEdit

From Latin sexuālis, from sexus (sex); see sex.

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sexual (comparative more sexual, superlative most sexual)

  1. Arising from the fact of being male or female; pertaining to gender, or to the social relations between the sexes. [from 17th c.]
    Women face sexual discrimination in the workplace.
  2. Pertaining to sexual intercourse or other intimate physical contact. [from 18th c.]
    • 2013 July 19, Mark Tran, “Denied an education by war”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 6, page 1:
      One particularly damaging, but often ignored, effect of conflict on education is the proliferation of attacks on schools [] as children, teachers or school buildings become the targets of attacks. Parents fear sending their children to school. Girls are particularly vulnerable to sexual violence.
    Giving oral sex is my favorite sexual act.
  3. (biology) Capable of sexual reproduction; sexed, sexuate. [from 19th c.]
  4. Characterised by sexual feelings or behaviour; possessing sexuality. [from 19th c.]
    She's a very sexual woman
    • 1994, Purity & passion →ISBN, page 67:
      We don't often think of Jesus as a sexual person, but He certainly was not asexual. He was not just God on earth. He was fully human and [] He was sexual, single, and celibate.
  5. Pertaining to sexuality as a cultural phenomenon; relating to sexual behaviour or conduct. [from 19th c.]
    a sexual innuendo.
    one's sexual preferences
  6. (obsolete) Pertaining to the female sex. [17th–19th c.]
    Synonym: feminine
    • 1792, Mary Wollstonecraft, chapter IV, in A Vindication of the Rights of Woman:
      [T]he inquiry is whether she have reason or not. If she have, which, for a moment, I will take for granted, she was not created merely to be the solace of man, and the sexual should not destroy the human character.

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NounEdit

sexual (plural sexuals)

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

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AsturianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin sexualis.

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sexual (epicene, plural sexuales)

  1. sexual

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CatalanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin sexuālis.

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sexual (masculine and feminine plural sexuals)

  1. sexual

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GalicianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin sexuālis.

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sexual m or f (plural sexuais)

  1. sexual

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GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin sexuālis.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /zɛksuˈaːl/, /sɛksuˈaːl/
  • Hyphenation: se‧xu‧al
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AdjectiveEdit

sexual (comparative sexualer, superlative am sexualsten)

  1. (uncommon) sexual

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  • sexual in Duden online
  • sexual” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache

PortugueseEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin sexuālis.

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sexual m or f (plural sexuais, comparable)

  1. sexual

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  • sexual” in Dicionário Priberam da Língua Portuguesa.

RomanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin sexuālis.

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sexual m or n (feminine singular sexuală, masculine plural sexuali, feminine and neuter plural sexuale)

  1. sexual

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SpanishEdit

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From Latin sexuālis.

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sexual (plural sexuales)

  1. sexual

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