affectional orientation

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


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.

Nearby words

  1. affected,
  2. affectedly,
  3. affecting,
  4. affection,
  5. affectional,
  6. affectionate,
  7. affectionately,
  8. affective,
  9. affective disorder,
  10. affective fallacy

Origin of affectional orientation

First recorded in 1965–70

Also called ro·man·tic o·ri·en·ta·tion. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019