noting or relating to a person who is sexually or romantically attracted to people of more than one gender, sometimes understood to include attraction to one's own sex or gender and at least one other sex or gender.
of both biological sexes.
combining male and female organs in one individual.
a person who is sexually or romantically attracted to people of more than one gender, sometimes understood to include attraction to one's own sex or gender and at least one other sex or gender.
Biology. an animal or plant that has the reproductive organs of both biological sexes.
The debate over the definition of bi- also extends to related labels such as pansexual and omnisexual. Pansexual, for example, is sometimes defined as attraction regardless of gender, and omnisexual as attraction to any gender but not regardless of gender. However, bisexual, pansexual, and omnisexual can all be accurately used to describe a person who is attracted to men, women, and other genders, and some speakers use these words interchangeably. Many factors may be involved in a person's choice of which label to use for their sexuality.
- bi·sex·u·al·i·ty [bahy-sek-shoo-al-i-tee], /baɪˌsɛk ʃuˈæl ɪ ti/, bi·sex·u·al·ism, noun
- bi·sex·u·al·ly, adverb
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How to use bisexual in a sentence
“They will never change and neither their punishments for same-sex relationships … we have to go back to hiding,” says Yousuf, a 21-year old bisexual man from Mazar-i-Sharif in a text message to me on WhatsApp.
The one thing they did learn about Kate Brown, over and over again, is that she is a self-described bisexual.Tucker Finds It ‘Confusing’ That a Bisexual Woman Married a Man | Justin Baragona | August 26, 2021 | The Daily Beast
She’s also enthusiastically bisexual, collecting love interests faster than her mom collects designer outfits.Netflix’s My Unorthodox Life Is More Bravo Docusoap Than Real-Life Unorthodox | Judy Berman | July 14, 2021 | Time
She never talks about being bisexual, doesn’t discuss her coming out story — even if you ask her — and I defy anyone to find me a recent time in which she’s discussed being part of this community.
Nonbinary people also can identify as bisexual if they are attracted to male, female or nonbinary people as well.
The new Secret Six continues that tradition establishing Catman as bisexual.Gail Simone’s Bisexual Catman and the ‘Secret Six’ | Rich Goldstein | December 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Why is it important to have a bisexual character in a comic book?Gail Simone’s Bisexual Catman and the ‘Secret Six’ | Rich Goldstein | December 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It is true that gay and bisexual men are far more likely to transmit HIV than other population groups.The Outrageous Celibacy Requirement for Gay Blood Donors | Jay Michaelson | November 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
bisexual people, too, tend to be particularly closeted both at home and in the office.
I liked the idea of being bisexual and then met a girl who had a bit of lesbian experience and got together within a few months.Sarah Waters: Queen of the Tortured Lesbian Romance | Tim Teeman | September 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Each worm is bisexual or hermaphrodite, on which account they multiply with great rapidity.A Treatise on Sheep: | Ambrose Blacklock
The whole pantheism of the Vedanta is contained in the symbol of the bisexual deity Ardhanari.From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan | Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky
Alismace—Aquatic plants with radical net-veined leaves, and (generally) conspicuous, white, bisexual flowers.
Polygonace—Herbs with sheathing stipules, alternate leaves, and small (generally) bisexual flowers.
Chenopodiace—Herbs with jointed stems and small unisexual or bisexual flowers.
British Dictionary definitions for bisexual
sexually attracted by both men and women
showing characteristics of both sexes: a bisexual personality
(of some plants and animals) having both male and female reproductive organs
of or relating to both sexes
a bisexual organism; a hermaphrodite
a bisexual person
- bisexuality (baɪˌsɛksjʊˈælɪtɪ) or esp US bisexualism, noun
- bisexually, adverb
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