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affectional orientation

[ uh-fek-shuh-nl awr-ee-uhn-tey-shuhn, ‐en‐ ]
/ əˈfɛk ʃə nl ˌɔr i ənˈteɪ ʃən, ‐ɛn‐ /
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noun

one's natural preference for a romantic partner of one gender or the other, or the absence of gender preference in a romantic relationship; one’s aromantic, biromantic, heteroromantic, homoromantic, or panromantic identity.

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Origin of affectional orientation

First recorded in 1965–70
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