heterosexuality

[ het-er-uh-sek-shoo-al-i-tee or, especially British, -seks-yoo- ]

noun
  1. sexual desire or behavior directed toward people of the other binary gender.

  2. the state of being sexually attracted only to the other binary gender.

Origin of heterosexuality

1
First recorded in 1895–1900; hetero- + sexuality

Words Nearby heterosexuality

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British Dictionary definitions for heterosexuality

heterosexuality

/ (ˌhɛtərəʊˌsɛksjʊˈælɪtɪ) /


noun
  1. sexual attraction to or sexual relations with a person or persons of the opposite sex: Compare homosexuality

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Cultural definitions for heterosexuality

heterosexuality

Sexual attraction between a male and a female. (Compare bisexuality and homosexuality.)

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