heteronormative

adjective

het·​ero·​nor·​ma·​tive ˌhē-tə-rō-ˈnȯr-mə-tiv How to pronounce heteronormative (audio)
: of, relating to, or based on the attitude that heterosexuality is the only normal and natural expression of sexuality

Examples of heteronormative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Giving Benedict his own male version of Cinderella would not only be an interesting way to flip what is perhaps the most patriarchal, heteronormative fairy tale in romancelandia. Aja Romano, Vox, 18 June 2024 For Violet and Corky, crime promises tantalizing freedom from the weight of a heteronormative society. Barry Levitt, Vulture, 26 Feb. 2024 And even though there are still a plethora of heteronormative love triangles and television often still adheres to the status quo, nuance has crept in. Lorena O’Neil, Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2024 That might not be entirely (or even mostly) due to biology: Researchers are now theorizing that heteronormative gender inequities are contributing factors to low libido in women. Varuna Srinivasan, Allure, 15 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for heteronormative 

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Word History

First Known Use

1991, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of heteronormative was in 1991

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“Heteronormative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heteronormative. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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