sexual orientation


noun

one's natural preference in sexual partners; predilection for homosexuality, heterosexuality, or bisexuality.

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.)

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