pansexual

[ pan-sek-shoo-uh l ]
/ pænˈsɛk ʃu əl /

adjective

Psychiatry. pertaining to the theory that all human behavior is based on sexuality.
Also omnisexual. expressing or involving sexuality in all its forms, or sexual activity with people of any sexual orientation or gender identity.

Nearby words

  1. panpipe,
  2. panpipes,
  3. panpsychism,
  4. panradiometer,
  5. panromantic,
  6. pansil,
  7. pansinusitis,
  8. panslavism,
  9. pansophism,
  10. pansophy

Origin of pansexual

First recorded in 1925–30; pan- + sexual

Related formspan·sex·u·al·i·ty, noun

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Word Origin and History for pansexual

pansexual

adj.

1926 (pansexualism is from 1917), from pan- + sexual. Originally in reference to the view that the sex instinct plays the primary part in all human activity, mental and physical; this was held by his critics to be the view of Freud, therefore a term of reproach leveled at early psychology.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper