Meaning of sexually in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsɛkʃʊəli/

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  • 1In a way that relates to the instincts, physiological processes, and activities connected with physical attraction or intimate physical contact between individuals.

    ‘I'm sexually attracted to powerful people’
    • ‘they had been sexually abused’
    • ‘sexually explicit material’
    • ‘A boy looks on from the right, pondering the bizarre, sexually charged antics on the dreamlike platform.’
    • ‘The images on these prints are mostly sexually explicit.’
    • ‘Think of Cezanne's early, sexually driven expressionism, or Mondrian's romantic Dutch realism, or the design-based art nouveau of early Bonnard.’
    • ‘Most of them are married and sexually active.’
    • ‘The business-as-usual approach of emphasizing condoms and treating sexually transmitted diseases is more justifiable where there's not a lot of HIV.’
    • ‘In the last 10 years, there has been a significant fall in the proportion of sexually active teenagers in the US.’
    • ‘Many sexually dysfunctional and immature men were admitted into seminaries.’
    • ‘There's a poster on the wall: "1 in 4 Colorado women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime."’
    • ‘Not enough has been done to stop priests from sexually abusing young people.’
    • ‘I was not sexually aroused at all.’
  • 2In a way that relates to the two sexes or to gender.

    ‘she was sexually discriminated against’
    • ‘Depression is somewhat discriminating sexually, as studies have consistently shown that women are considerably more likely to acquire the disease than men.’
    • ‘Current and former employees have repeatedly made the case that it is not a supportive place to work and that it sexually discriminates in hiring and promotion.’
    • ‘There was concern in conducting the online study that sexually prejudiced individuals might attempt to sabotage the research.’
    • ‘There are certain words and phrases that are offensive, derogatory, demeaning, racist, sexually biased, and, well, just plain nasty.’
    • ‘Abusive speech—even racially, religiously, or sexually bigoted speech—is protected from government abridgement.’
    • ‘The man followed him and continued to use sexually biased slurs and threw rocks at his residence.’
    • ‘There were a lot of sexually discriminatory comments as regards female lawyers who became pregnant and tried to find out more about flexible working.’
    • ‘The most sexually intolerant countries seem to be those in which women are degraded most.’
    • ‘Whoever has replaced them appears to be moving in a sexually partisan direction.’
  • 3Biology
    In a way that relates to sexual reproduction.

    ‘bees can reproduce sexually or asexually’
    • ‘sexually mature animals’
    • ‘The subject is considered insensitive, studied like an insect, sexually available.’
    • ‘The testosterone response of male mammals given naloxone predicts whether or not they will be sexually active.’
    • ‘Beavers usually become sexually mature at two years old, at which time they may establish new colonies.’
    • ‘Unlike the alga, the fungus reproduces sexually.’
    • ‘In species where reproduction takes place sexually, the mistakes may be disastrous, even lethal.’
    • ‘Many plants in the common group reproduce vegetatively from stolons or rhizomes, or sexually with spores.’
    • ‘The plants are not agamospermous—their seeds are sexually produced.’
    • ‘Mortality via stem burial was more probable for sexually reproducing stems of the moss.’
    • ‘Inbreeding is probably not a cause of decline, as goldenseal reproduces vegetatively as well as sexually, and is self-compatible.’
    • ‘Despite the prevalence of asexual mechanisms of propagation, most clonal species also reproduce sexually, and exclusively asexual species are rare.’