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SEXUAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does sexual mean? 

SEXUAL (adjective)
  The adjective SEXUAL has 3 senses:

1. of or relating to or characterized by sexuality
2. having or involving sex
3. involved in a sexual relationship

  Familiarity information: SEXUAL used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SEXUAL (adjective)


Sense 1sexual [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to or characterized by sexuality

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context examples:

sexual orientation / sexual distinctions

Pertainym:

sex (the properties that distinguish organisms on the basis of their reproductive roles)


Sense 2sexual [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having or involving sex

Context examples:

sexual reproduction / sexual spores

Similar:

intersexual (existing or occurring between the sexes)

sexed (having sexual differentiation)

unisexual (relating to only one sex or having only one type of sexual organ; not hermaphroditic)

Attribute:

gender; sex; sexuality (the properties that distinguish organisms on the basis of their reproductive roles)

Antonym:

asexual (not having or involving sex)


Sense 3sexual [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Involved in a sexual relationship

Synonyms:

sexual; intimate

Context examples:

the intimate (or sexual) relations between husband and wife / she had been intimate with many men

Similar:

sexy (marked by or tending to arouse sexual desire or interest)


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