[ sek-shoo-al-i-tee or, esp. British, seks-yoo- ]
/ ˌsɛk ʃuˈæl ɪ ti or, esp. British, ˌsɛks yu- /


sexual character; possession of the structural and functional traits of sex.
recognition of or emphasis upon sexual matters.
involvement in sexual activity.
an organism's preparedness for engaging in sexual activity.

Origin of sexuality

First recorded in 1790–1800; sexual + -ity

Related forms

an·ti·sex·u·al·i·ty, noun, adjectivesu·per·sex·u·al·i·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sexuality


/ (ˌsɛksjʊˈælɪtɪ) /


the state or quality of being sexual
preoccupation with or involvement in sexual matters
the possession of sexual potency
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Medicine definitions for sexuality


[ sĕk′shōō-ălĭ-tē ]


The condition of being characterized and distinguished by sex.
Concern with or interest in sexual activity.
Sexual character or potency.
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