• (America) IPA: /ˈsɛkʃuəl/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈsɛkʃuəl/, /ˈsɛksjuəl/


  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.]
    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 0802471307, 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.]
    Synonyms: feminine
Related terms Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: sexuado
  • Russian: полово́й
  • Portuguese: sexual
  • Russian: полово́й
  • Portuguese: sexual
  • Russian: сексуа́льный

sexual (plural sexuals)

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

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