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"sexual" in British English

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sexualadjective

uk   us   /ˈsek.sjʊəl/
  • sexual adjective (SEX)

B2 relating to the activity of sex: Most people remember their first sexual experience. a sexual relationship sexual assault/harassment formal sexual intercourse (= the act of having sex) sexual orientation/preference (= whether someone chooses to have sex with men, women, or both)
relating to the production of young living things by the combining of a cell from a male with a cell from a female: sexual reproduction

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  • sexual adjective (MALE/FEMALE)

C1 relating to being male or female: Sexual equality will not be achieved until there is more provision for childcare. Some steps have been taken towards ending sexual discrimination (= treating people unfairly because of which sex they are).
(Definition of sexual from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sexual" in American English

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sexualadjective

 us   /ˈsek·ʃu·əl/
  • sexual adjective (MALE OR FEMALE)

connected with being male or female: the sexual characteristics of butterflies He’s always believed in sexual equality.
  • sexual adjective (ACTIVITY)

connected with the activity of sex
(Definition of sexual from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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“sexual” in British English

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