desexualize

verb
de·​sex·​u·​al·​ize | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈsek-sh(ə-)wə-ˌlīz How to pronounce desexualize (audio) , -ˈsek-shə-ˌlīz, -ˈsek-shü-ə- \
desexualized; desexualizing; desexualizes

Definition of desexualize

transitive verb

1 : to deprive of sexual characters or power
2 : to divest of sexual quality

Other Words from desexualize

desexualization \ (ˌ)dē-​ˌsek-​sh(ə-​)wə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce desexualize (audio) , -​ˌsek-​shə-​lə-​ , -​ˌsek-​shü-​ə-​ \ noun

Examples of desexualize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition, many vaccination campaigns aim to desexualize the HPV vaccine, instead of focusing on its effectiveness in preventing cancers later in life. USA Today, 23 May 2022 In addition, many vaccination campaigns aim to desexualize the HPV vaccine, instead of focusing on its effectiveness in preventing cancers later in life. USA Today, 23 May 2022 In addition, many vaccination campaigns aim to desexualize the HPV vaccine, instead of focusing on its effectiveness in preventing cancers later in life. USA Today, 23 May 2022 In addition, many vaccination campaigns aim to desexualize the HPV vaccine, instead of focusing on its effectiveness in preventing cancers later in life. USA Today, 23 May 2022 In addition, many vaccination campaigns aim to desexualize the HPV vaccine, instead of focusing on its effectiveness in preventing cancers later in life. AZCentral.com, 5 May 2022 Participants see the march as an opportunity to normalize and desexualize women’s breasts. The Know Staff, The Know, 26 Aug. 2019 Several told me stories of being advised to desexualize themselves, or of choosing to do so. Hallie Lieberman, New York Times, 7 June 2019 But beyond its shiny surface and real estate pornography, the film, is a way to talk about the ways in which older people are desexualized in our culture. Katie Walsh, kansascity, 17 May 2018 See More

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First Known Use of desexualize

1894, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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3 Jul 2022

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More Definitions for desexualize

desexualize

transitive verb
de·​sex·​u·​al·​ize
variants: or British desexualise \ (ˈ)dē-​ˈseksh-​(ə-​)wə-​ˌlīz, -​ˈsek-​shə-​ˌlīz How to pronounce desexualize (audio) \
desexualized or British desexualised; desexualizing or British desexualising

Medical Definition of desexualize

1 : to deprive of sexual characters or power
2 : to divest of sexual quality

Other Words from desexualize

desexualization or British desexualisation \ (ˌ)dē-​ˌseksh-​(ə-​)wə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən, -​ˌsek-​shə-​lə-​ How to pronounce desexualize (audio) \ noun

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