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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Sexual  \Sex"u*al\,  a.  [L.  sexualis,  fr  sexus  sex:  cf  F. 
  sexuel.] 
  Of  or  pertaining  to  sex,  or  the  sexes;  distinguishing  sex; 
  peculiar  to  the  distinction  and  office  of  male  or  female; 
  relating  to  the  distinctive  genital  organs  of  the  sexes; 
  proceeding  from  or  based  upon  sex;  as  sexual 
  characteristics;  sexual  intercourse,  connection,  or  commerce; 
  sexual  desire;  sexual  diseases;  sexual  generation. 
 
  {Sexual  dimorphism}  (Biol.),  the  condition  of  having  one  of 
  the  sexes  existing  in  two  forms,  or  varieties,  differing 
  in  color,  size,  etc.,  as  in  many  species  of  butterflies 
  which  have  two  kinds  of  females. 
 
  {Sexual  method}  (Bot.),  a  method  of  classification  proposed 
  by  Linn[ae]us,  founded  mainly  on  difference  in  number  and 
  position  of  the  stamens  and  pistils  of  plants. 
 
  {Sexual  selection}  (Biol.),  the  selective  preference  of  one 
  sex  for  certain  characteristics  in  the  other  such  as 
  bright  colors,  musical  notes,  etc.;  also  the  selection 
  which  results  from  certain  individuals  of  one  sex  having 
  more  opportunities  of  pairing  with  the  other  sex,  on 
  account  of  greater  activity,  strength,  courage,  etc.; 
  applied  likewise  to  that  kind  of  evolution  which  results 
  from  such  sexual  preferences.  --Darwin. 
 
  In  these  cases,  therefore,  natural  selection  seems 
  to  have  acted  independently  of  sexual  selection. 
  --A.  R. 
  Wallace. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  sexual 
  adj  1:  of  or  relating  to  or  characterized  by  sexuality;  "sexual 
  orientation";  "sexual  distinctions" 
  2:  having  or  involving  sex;  "sexual  reproduction";  "sexual 
  spores"  [ant:  {asexual}] 
  3:  involved  in  a  sexual  relationship;  "the  intimate  (or  sexual) 
  relations  between  husband  and  wife";  "she  had  been 
  intimate  with  many  men"  [syn:  {intimate}] 




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