having no organs of reproduction: In nature, there are numerous examples of asexual plant and animal species.
independent of sexual processes, especially not involving the union of male and female germ cells: Asexual reproduction is common among echinoderms such as starfish, basket stars, sand dollars, and sea cucumbers.
experiencing little or no sexual attraction to other people: a woman who identifies as asexual.: Compare graysexual (def. 1).
not involving sex or sexual feelings; nonsexual: an asexual friendship;an asexual hug.
a person who experiences little or no sexual attraction to other people.: Compare graysexual (def. 2).
- a·sex·u·al·i·ty [ey-sek-shoo-al-i-tee], /eɪˌsɛk ʃuˈæl ɪ ti/, noun
- a·sex·u·al·ly, adverb
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How to use asexual in a sentence
For example, there are those, referred to as “asexuals” and “aromantics,” who lack interest in sexual and romantic relationships.
Aromantics may have sexual feelings or be asexual, but they do not have romantic feelings.
Data from a 1994 British survey of more than 18,000 people showed 1% of the respondents to be asexual.
Montour said society views blind people as asexual “cherubs” — people who are routinely touched by strangers who want to help them navigate the world when, often, they need no such help.Advocacy group for the blind apologizes for allegations of sexual misconduct | Justin Wm. Moyer | January 15, 2021 | Washington Post
It’s also worth noting that many asexual folks find representation in Elsa, who just doesn’t seem like she can be bothered with the whole elaborate ritual of dating and marrying and mating.
The ambiance is almost asexual as rockabilly and Motown play in the background.
But whether good or bad, all are light as a soufflé, radiating asexual whiteness in every note.Before the Earthquake Hit: When The Beatles Landed in America | Michael Tomasky | January 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
New York magazine art critic Jerry Saltz described it as “fabulously complex, sexual, asexual, mysterious, powerful, impish.”The Tilda Swinton Weirdness Quiz: All About the MoMA-Napping Actress | Melissa Leon | March 27, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
His encounter with a female Israeli soldier who seems at first rife for a sexual experience, ultimately proves an asexual one.
So when aging, largely asexual cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester announced her pregnancy, Gleeks barely blinked an eye.TV’s Funniest Pregnancies: ‘Modern Family,’ ‘I Love Lucy’ & More (VIDEO) | Kevin Fallon | October 17, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Here they enter red corpuscles as young malarial parasites, and the majority pass through the asexual cycle just described.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
Still other plants, mosses and ferns, give rise to two kinds of spores, sexual and asexual.A Civic Biology | George William Hunter
All of the above means of propagation are asexual and are of importance in our problem of plant breeding.A Civic Biology | George William Hunter
asexual, a-seks′ū-al, adj. without sex, once applied to cryptogams—agamic.
Thus I have endeavored to sum up the processes of asexual and of sexual reproduction.
British Dictionary definitions for asexual
having no apparent sex or sex organs
(of reproduction) not involving the fusion of male and female gametes, as in vegetative reproduction, fission, or budding
- asexuality (eɪˌsɛksjʊˈælɪtɪ, ˌæ-), noun
- asexually, adverb
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