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

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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 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

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circa 1839, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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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