non·​sex·​u·​al | \ ˌnän-ˈsek-sh(ə-)wəl How to pronounce nonsexual (audio) \

Definition of nonsexual

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

Examples of nonsexual in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Designating the attacks as nonsexual, according to the school system attorney’s arguments in federal court, would move the case away from Title IX and dismiss a key claim made by the victims’ families. Washington Post, 13 Aug. 2021 Hacks is part of a revival of shows that apply the tropes of the rom-com to the possibilities of nonsexual relationships. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 19 July 2021 In the series, demons are persistently motivated to invade the homes of bourgeois American families and can only be helped by this perfectly heterosexual—but profoundly nonsexual—couple of demon experts. Jo Livingstone, The New Republic, 22 June 2021 Last year, Maggie Haney, who coached the 2016 gold- and silver-​medalist Laurie Hernandez for 11 years at MG Elite, received an eight-year suspension, the harshest sentence for nonsexual abuse that U.S.A. Gymnastics had ever handed down. New York Times, 4 May 2021 His letters also included instances of nonsexual intimidation, assault and harassment. New York Times, 28 Feb. 2021 The license allows customers to hire women for nonsexual companionship. The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 Feb. 2021 The bottle's first victims are Alexis and Stevie, who share a pretty nonsexual peck on the lips before Alexis spins on to her own tipsy boyfriend. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 7 Oct. 2020 In response to the pandemic, Hutchinson allowed six hundred and forty-eight prisoners who were serving sentences for nonviolent, nonsexual offenses, and were within six months of their release, to go home. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, 15 June 2020

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First Known Use of nonsexual

circa 1839, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of nonsexual was circa 1839

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“Nonsexual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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non·​sex·​u·​al | \ (ˈ)nän-ˈseksh-(ə-)wəl How to pronounce nonsexual (audio) \

Medical Definition of nonsexual

: not sexual nonsexual reproduction


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