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


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.

Origin of pansexual

First recorded in 1925–30; pan- + sexual
Related formspan·sex·u·al·i·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for pansexual



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