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heterosexual

adjective het·ero·sex·u·al \ ˌhe-tə-rō-ˈsek-sh(ə-)wəl , -ˈsek-shəl \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of heterosexual

1 a : of, relating to, or characterized by a tendency to direct sexual desire toward the opposite sex
b : of, relating to, or involving sexual intercourse between individuals of opposite sex
2 : of or relating to different sexes

heterosexuality

play \ˌhe-tə-rō-ˌsek-shə-ˈwa-lə-tē\ noun

heterosexually

play \ˌhe-tə-rō-ˈsek-sh(ə-)wə-lē, -ˈsek-shə-lē\ adverb

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Origin and Etymology of heterosexual

International Scientific Vocabulary


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heterosexual

noun

Definition of heterosexual

: a heterosexual person

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First Known Use of heterosexual

1913


HETEROSEXUAL Defined for English Language Learners

heterosexual

adjective

Definition of heterosexual for English Language Learners

  • : sexually attracted to people of the opposite sex

  • : based on sexual attraction to people of the opposite sex


Medical Dictionary

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heterosexual

adjective het·ero·sex·u·al \ ˌhet-ə-rō-ˈseksh-(ə-)wəl, -ˈsek-shəl \

medical Definition of heterosexual

1 a : of, relating to, or characterized by a tendency to direct sexual desire toward individuals of the opposite sex — compare homosexual 1
b : of, relating to, or involving sexual intercourse between a male and a female
  • sexual relationships between individuals of opposite sexes are heterosexual
  • —A. C. Kinsey
— compare homosexual 2
2 : of or relating to different sexes

heterosexually

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

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heterosexual

noun

medical Definition of heterosexual

: a heterosexual individual

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