Literally, any verbal or other exchange between people, which is why we should think no ill of Sir Thomas More, nor question his canonization:
    For justifying himself he wrote a full account of the intercourse he had with the Nun and her complices. (Burnet, 1714)
   By the late 18th century sensual intercourse meant copulation:
    The conversation today, I know not how, turned... upon sensual intercourse between the sexes, the delight of which [Dr Johnson] ascribed chiefly to the imagination. (J. Boswell, 1791)
   and irregular intercourse was not the spasmodic coupling of spouses but extramarital copulation:
    So then Sir, you would allow of no irregular intercourse whatever between the sexes? (ibid. — Dr Johnson had been condemning the 'licensed stews of Rome')
   Now standard English as a shortened form of sexual intercourse:
    Have you ever had intercourse, Dorothy? (M. McCarthy, 1963)

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