non·​sex·​u·​al ˌnän-ˈsek-sh(ə-)wəl How to pronounce nonsexual (audio)
: not involving sex or sexual activity
a nonsexual relationship
nonsexual contact
: 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

Examples of nonsexual in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s some nonsexual nudity, including brief full frontals, set in a virtual world. Common Sense Media, Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2024 According to a 2018 study published in the science journal PLOS One, nonsexual interpersonal touch between friends, such as receiving hugs, was shown to reduce stress and serve as an effective buffer while experiencing hardship. Martine Thompson, Los Angeles Times, 30 Mar. 2023 These same connections have recently been shown to shape nonsexual social connections in lab mice, and the new results suggest some common mechanisms of social attachments across both species and categories of bonds. Steven Phelps, Scientific American, 18 Jan. 2023 According to research papers and reports from global health authorities, cases of nonsexual transmission are uncommon to rare. Benjamin Ryan, NBC News, 2 Sep. 2022 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

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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

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Cite this Entry

“Nonsexual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


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