one's natural preference in sexual partners; predilection for homosexuality, heterosexuality, or bisexuality.
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Origin of sexual orientation
First recorded in 1990–95
Words nearby sexual orientation
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Medical definitions for sexual orientation
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
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