demisexual

adjective
demi·​sex·​u·​al | \ ˌde-mē-ˈsek-sh(ə-)wəl How to pronounce demisexual (audio) , -ˈsek-shəl \

Definition of demisexual

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: feeling sexual attraction towards another person only after establishing an emotional bond with that person People who identify as demisexual only feel sexual attraction to another person if they form a strong emotional bond or connection with them first.Medical News Today For example, there are many asexual and demisexual people who consider themselves polyamorous. These are people who don't really consider sex part of how they form romantic relationships, or don't feel sexual desire whatsoever.— Lindsay Dodgson

demisexual

noun
plural demisexuals

Definition of demisexual (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who feels sexual attraction towards another person only after establishing an emotional bond with that person Some people under the asexual umbrella may identify as being a demisexual and can only experience sexual attraction when they have a … connection with another person.— Amber Leventry To put it simply, demisexuals only like someone once they've formed a strong emotional connection. Then, and only then, can the possibility of sexual attraction arise.— Katie O'Malley and Becky Burgum Demisexuals typically don't do one-night stands or have flings. We build our physical relationships from pieces of our emotional ones.— Amanda Finn

First Known Use of demisexual

Adjective

2009, in the meaning defined above

Noun

2009, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for demisexual

Adjective

demi- + sexual (after asexual, heterosexual entry 1, etc.)

Noun

derivative of demisexual entry 1

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“Demisexual.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/demisexual. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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