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1. Contributing to, or concerned in, propagation or production; generative; procreative; productive. The genial bed. Creator venus, genial power of love. (Dryden)

2. Contributing to, and sympathizing with, the enjoyment of life; sympathetically cheerful and cheering; jovial and inspiring joy or happiness; exciting pleasure and sympathy; enlivening; kindly; as, she was of a cheerful and genial disposition. So much i feel my genial spirits droop. (Milton)

3. Belonging to one's genius or natural character; native; natural; inborn. Natural incapacity and genial indisposition. (Sir t. Browne)

4. Denoting or marked with genius belonging to the higher nature. Men of genius have often attached the highest value to their less genial works. (Hare) genial gods, the powers supposed to preside over marriage and generation.

Origin: L. Genialis: cf. OF. Genial. See genius.

(Science: anatomy) same as Genian.