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heterosexual

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adjective het·ero·sex·u·al \ˌhe-tə-rō-ˈsek-sh(ə-)wəl, -ˈsek-shəl\

Simple Definition of heterosexual

  • : sexually attracted to people of the opposite sex

  • : based on sexual attraction to people of the opposite sex

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of heterosexual

  1. 1 a :  of, relating to, or characterized by a tendency to direct sexual desire toward the opposite sex b :  of, relating to, or involving sexual intercourse between individuals of opposite sex

  2. 2 :  of or relating to different sexes

heterosexuality play \-ˌsek-shə-ˈwa-lə-tē\ noun
heterosexually play \-ˈsek-sh(ə-)wə-lē, -ˈsek-shə-lē\ adverb

Origin of heterosexual

International Scientific Vocabulary


First Known Use: 1892


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heterosexual

noun het·ero·sex·u·al

Definition of heterosexual

  1. :  a heterosexual person



1920

First Known Use of heterosexual

1920


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