asexual

adjective asex·u·al \ (ˌ)ā-ˈsek-sh(ə-)wəl , -shü-əl , -ˈsek-shəl \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of asexual

1 : lacking sex or functional sex organs
  • asexual plants
2 a : 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 generation
b : produced by asexual reproduction
  • asexual spores
3 a : not involving, involved with, or relating to sex : devoid of sexuality
  • an asexual relationship
b : not having sexual feelings toward others : not experiencing sexual desire or attraction
  • In general, an asexual person does not feel or otherwise experience any sexual attraction, according to The Asexual Visibility & Education Network (AVEN). Basically, it is an inborn absence of sexual desire.
  • —Lindsay E. Mack
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

asexual

noun, plural
    • Many asexuals still have romantic attractions—identifying themselves as straight, gay or bisexual romantic—form committed relationships and value all the non-sexual benefits of a partnership that sexual individuals enjoy. Minus the sex.
    • —Lori A. Rotto

asexuality

play \ˌā-ˌsek-shə-ˈwa-lə-tē, -shü-ˈa-\ noun

asexually

play \(ˌ)ā-ˈsek-sh(ə-)wə-lē, -shü-ə-, -ˌsek-sh(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of asexual in a Sentence

  1. They had a completely asexual relationship.

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Origin and Etymology of asexual

see sexual

Other Genetics Terms


ASEXUAL Defined for English Language Learners

asexual

adjective

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

asexual

adjective asex·u·al \ ˈā-ˈsek-shə-wəl \

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

asexually

\-wə-lē\ adverb

Medical Dictionary

asexual

adjective asex·u·al \ (ˈ)ā-ˈseksh-(ə-)wəl, -ˈsek-shəl \

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

play \ˌā-ˌsek-shə-ˈwal-ət-ē\ noun plural -ties

asexually

play \-ˈseksh-(ə-)wə-lē, -(ə-)lē\ adverb

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