American English

Definition of sexual adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[usually before noun] connected with the physical activity of sex sexual behavior They were not having a sexual relationship at the time. Her interest in him is purely sexual. sexual orientation (= whether you are heterosexual or homosexual ) a sexual partner (= a person whom you have sex with)
  2. 2[only before noun] connected with the process of producing young the sexual organs (= the penis, vagina, etc.) sexual reproduction
  3. 3[usually before noun] connected with the state of being male or female sexual characteristics
, NAmE//ˈsɛkʃəli//
adverb sexually abused children She finds him sexually attractive. sexually explicit Girls become sexually mature earlier than boys. The disease is a threat to anyone who is sexually active.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: sexual