sexuality

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

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. sexual orientation,
  2. sexual relations,
  3. sexual reproduction,
  4. sexual revolution,
  5. sexual selection,
  6. sexualization,
  7. sexualize,
  8. sexually,
  9. sexually transmitted disease,
  10. sexually transmitted diseases

Origin of sexuality

First recorded in 1790–1800; sexual + -ity

Related formsan·ti·sex·u·al·i·ty, noun, adjectivesu·per·sex·u·al·i·ty, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for sexuality

sexuality

/ (ˌsɛksjʊˈælɪtɪ) /

noun

the state or quality of being sexual
preoccupation with or involvement in sexual matters
the possession of sexual potency
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Word Origin and History for sexuality

sexuality

n.

1789, "action or fact of being sexual;" see sexual + -ity. Meaning "capability of sexual feelings" is from 1879. Meaning "sexual identity" is by 1980.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for sexuality

sexuality

[ sĕk′shōō-ălĭ-tē ]

n.

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

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