non·​sex·​u·​al | \ ˌnän-ˈsek-sh(ə-)wəl \

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

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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 The Bedford Heights center will house up to 200 male inmates sentenced to 60 to 90 days in jail for nonviolent, nonsexual, low-level felony and misdemeanor charges, Mills said. Cory Shaffer,, "Former Bedford Heights Jail re-opens as comprehensive reentry facility," 5 Apr. 2018 Oral herpes is usually acquired early in childhood or adolescence from nonsexual contact with saliva. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "Herpes Is Slowly Retreating, but the Infection Remains Common," 9 Feb. 2018 Starting with nonsexual touch is key, as Elizabeth Akincilar-Rummer, MSPT, president and co-founder of the Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center in San Francisco, California, tells SELF. Breena Kerr, SELF, "How to Rethink Intimacy When 'Regular' Sex Hurts," 8 Sep. 2017 Others fell under the categories of unprofessional behavior, including bullying, retaliation, physical security and other nonsexual forms of harassment. Mike Isaac, New York Times, "Uber Fires 20 Amid Investigation Into Workplace Culture," 6 June 2017 Here are some answers to common questions about nonsexual affairs. Denise Schipani, Woman's Day, "Are You Having An Emotional Affair?," 16 Jan. 2017

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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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non·​sex·​u·​al | \ (ˈ)nän-ˈseksh-(ə-)wəl \

Medical Definition of nonsexual

: not sexual nonsexual reproduction

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