pansexual

adjective pan·sex·u·al \ ˌpan-ˈsek-sh(ə-)wəl , -shəl \
Updated on: 23 Nov 2017

Definition of pansexual

1 : of, relating to, or characterized by sexual desire or attraction that is not limited to people of a particular gender identity or sexual orientation
  • Pansexual people are attracted to all kinds of people, regardless of their gender, sex or presentation.
  • —Farhana Khan
; also : not solely homosexual or heterosexual
  • The famous 0-6 scale … was devised to chart sexual proclivities, from purely heterosexual (0) to purely homosexual (6). Kinsey felt humans are pansexual (most falling somewhere between 0 and 6), and restrictions imposed by society and religion lead to sexual maladjustments.
  • —Lisa C. Hickman
2 : tending to suffuse all experience and conduct with erotic feeling
  • Although Whitman's impulses were homoerotic, he was pansexual in the sense that he could find the driving force of something such as sex in almost everything …
  • —Peter Craven

pansexual

noun
    • A pansexual is someone who can be attracted to males, females, transgender people and those who identify as non-binary (not female or male).
    • —Mel Evans

pansexuality

play \ˌpan-ˌsek-shə-ˈwa-lə-tē\ or less commonly pansexualism play \ˌpan-ˈsek-sh(ə-)wə-ˌli-zəm, -shə-\ noun
    • The opening of Studio 54, in April 1977, expanded gay disco culture to encompass a pansexuality that united gays, straights, and the sexually undecided under the banner of disco hedonism.
    • —Peter Braunstein

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First Known Use of pansexual

1926


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