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 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, "Punishment by Pandemic," 15 June 2020 Any individual video might be intended as nonsexual, perhaps uploaded by parents who wanted to share home movies among family. Amanda Taub, New York Times, "On YouTube’s Digital Playground, an Open Gate for Pedophiles," 3 June 2019 The other officer formerly on Hyten’s team, who lacked authorization to speak publicly, suggested that the Army colonel also raised allegations of a nonsexual nature against Hyten that weren’t substantiated. Paul Sonne, Washington Post, "Sexual assault allegations complicate confirmation of Trump’s nominee for military’s No. 2 officer," 10 July 2019 That’s when California officials approved realignment, sending people convicted of felonies that are nonviolent, nonsexual and nonserious to serve prison sentences in county jails rather than state prisons. Jason Pohl, ProPublica, "A Year After an Inmate Was Choked to Death in Jail, a Murder Charge but Few Details," 19 Aug. 2019 Hyten denied the assertions, saying that Spletstoser made 34 additional, nonsexual accusations against him and his staff members after she was pushed out. Karoun Demirjian, Anchorage Daily News, "Two Republican senators split sharply in assessments of general accused of sexual assault," 31 July 2019 Cases that involve allegations of nonsexual child abuse against school teachers are multilayered, said Kenneth Mysogland, who headed DCF’s special investigations unit before becoming one of the agency’s top administrators. Josh Kovner,, "DCF will interview teacher, parents and children as it investigates complaint against Avon magnet school teacher," 12 July 2019 Popular treatment methods include prayer, masturbatory reconditioning, cloistering individuals from society, and fostering nonsexual male bonding. Chelsea Greenwood Lassman, Teen Vogue, "How Gay Conversion Therapy Came to Be, and How It Persists Today," 7 Aug. 2018 In a study at Pennsylvania State University, students who gave five nonsexual hugs a day to as many different people as possible (one hug per person) for a month felt happier. Gretchen Rubin, Good Housekeeping, "The Happiness Project: Stress Less," 3 May 2013

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First Known Use of nonsexual

circa 1839, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Nonsexual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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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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