[ey-sek-shoo-uh l]


  1. having no sex or sexual organs.
  2. independent of sexual processes, especially not involving the union of male and female germ cells.
free from sexual desires or sexuality: an asexual friendship;a woman who identifies as asexual;an asexual hug.

Origin of asexual

First recorded in 1820–30; a-6 + sexual
Related formsa·sex·u·al·i·ty [ey-sek-shoo-al-i-tee] /eɪˌsɛk ʃuˈæl ɪ ti/, nouna·sex·u·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for asexual

agamic, agamous, parthenogenetic

Examples from the Web for asexual

Contemporary Examples of asexual

  • New York magazine art critic Jerry Saltz described it as “fabulously complex, sexual, asexual, mysterious, powerful, impish.”

  • His encounter with a female Israeli soldier who seems at first rife for a sexual experience, ultimately proves an asexual one.

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    Lena Dunham's First Time

    Mira Sucharov

    October 29, 2012

  • A trio of men newly arrived from Vermont noted their surprise at the “asexual” vibe in the air.

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    Canoodling at Wall Street

    Casey Schwartz

    October 19, 2011

  • She indulged her preference for substantial fabrics that can be molded into asexual silhouettes that stand away from the body.

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    Milan’s Day-Glo Exuberance

    Robin Givhan

    September 26, 2011

  • The whitewashed version of an asexual old man that has been in place for a century is passé.

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    Mark Twain's Sex Toys

    Laura Skandera Trombley

    June 9, 2010

Historical Examples of asexual

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
Derived Formsasexuality (eɪˌsɛksjʊˈælɪtɪ, ˌæ-), nounasexually, adverb
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Word Origin and History for asexual

1830, as a term in biology, a hybrid from a- (2) "not" + sexual. In general contexts, attested from 1896.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

asexual in Medicine




Having no evident sex or sex organs; sexless.
Relating to, produced by, or involving reproduction that occurs without the union of male and female gametes, as in binary fission or budding.
Lacking interest in or desire for sex.
Related formsa•sex′u•ali•ty (-ălĭ-tē) n.a•sexu•al•ly adv.
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