Definition of asexual
1 : lacking sex or functional sex organs asexual plants
2a : involving or reproducing by reproductive processes (such as cell division, spore formation, fission (see 1fission 2), or budding (see 2bud intransitive 3)) that do not involve the union of individuals or gametes asexual reproduction an asexual generationb : produced by asexual reproduction asexual spores
3 : not involving, involved with, or relating to sex : devoid of sexuality an asexual relationship
4 : not having or showing a particular sexual identity : neither male nor female … parents who first encounter the world of Pokemon through their youngsters may have no idea what this land of soft, rounded, asexual creatures is or what drives it. — Vince Horiuchi
asexualityplay \ˌā-ˌsek-shə-ˈwa-lə-tē, -shü-ˈa-\ noun
asexuallyplay \(ˌ)ā-ˈsek-sh(ə-)wə-lē, -shü-ə-, -ˌsek-sh(ə-)lē\ adverb
Examples of asexual in a Sentence
They had a completely asexual relationship.
Recent Examples of asexual from the Web
People who identify as sapiosexual may also identify as gay, straight, bisexual, asexual or something else.
One 2004 survey in the UK estimated that 1 percent of the population fell somewhere under the asexual umbrella; other estimates range from 0.6 to 5.5 percent.
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ASEXUAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of asexual for English Language Learners
: not having or including sex
: of or relating to a kind of reproduction that does not involve the combining of male and female cells
ASEXUAL Defined for Kids
Definition of asexual for Students
: formed by, characterized by, or being a process of reproduction (as the dividing of one cell into two cells) that does not involve the combining of male and female germ cells
Medical Definition of asexual
1: lacking sex or functional sexual organs asexual plants
2: produced without sexual action or differentiation asexual spores
3: devoid of sexuality an asexual relationship
asexuality\ˌā-ˌsek-shə-ˈwal-ət-ē\play noun plural
asexually\-ˈseksh-(ə-)wə-lē, -(ə-)lē\play adverb
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