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sexual orientation

[ sek-shoo-uhl awr-ee-uhn-tey-shuhn, ‐en‐ ]
/ ˈsɛk ʃu əl ˌɔr i ənˈteɪ ʃən, ‐ɛn‐ /
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noun

one's inherent attraction to a sexual partner of a certain gender, or the absence of gender preference in a sexual relationship; one’s identity as asexual, bisexual, heterosexual, gay, pansexual, etc.

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Origin of sexual orientation

First recorded in 1990–95
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Medical definitions for sexual orientation

sexual orientation

n.

The direction of one's sexual interest toward members of the same, opposite, or both sexes, especially a direction seen to be dictated by physiologic rather than sociologic forces. Replaces sexual preference in most contemporary uses.
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Cultural definitions for sexual orientation

sexual orientation

Preference for sexual activity with people of the opposite sex, the same sex, or both. (See bisexuality, heterosexuality, and homosexuality.)

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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