nonsexual

adjective

non·​sex·​u·​al ˌnän-ˈsek-sh(ə-)wəl How to pronounce nonsexual (audio)
1
: not involving sex or sexual activity
a nonsexual relationship
nonsexual contact
2
: not relating to or associated with sex or the sexes
While the Y chromosome contains the genes that determine maleness and some other nonsexual characteristics, it contains fewer genes than the X chromosome. Faith Hickman Brynie

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web That conduct amounted to nonsexual emails to a female subordinate that alluded to friendship and longing. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, 17 Sep. 2022 Nearly all of us contract a herpesvirus during our lives, via nonsexual spread. Benjamin Mazer, The Atlantic, 17 Aug. 2022 Only 3% of cases in the study likely derived from nonsexual household contact, Mitjà said. Benjamin Ryan, NBC News, 15 Aug. 2022 Already, the virus has begun to hop across genders and age groups, leveraging other, nonsexual forms of close contact. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 29 July 2022 Period pieces also put a focus on witty, subtle dialogue and meaningful, nonsexual encounters that nonetheless simmer with tension. Aj Willingham, CNN, 31 July 2022 And just four, or 0.8%, were considered to have transmitted through nonsexual close contact. Benjamin Ryan, NBC News, 22 July 2022 There are also brief moments of female nudity from the side and back, but in a strictly nonsexual context. Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2022 The Health Department’s guidance to the public has often highlighted nonsexual routes of potential transmission, such as hugging or contact with bedding. New York Times, 18 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1839, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonsexual was circa 1839

Dictionary Entries Near nonsexual

Cite this Entry

“Nonsexual.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonsexual. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition

nonsexual

adjective

non·​sex·​u·​al (ˈ)nän-ˈseksh-(ə-)wəl How to pronounce nonsexual (audio)
: not sexual
nonsexual reproduction
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