pan·​sex·​u·​al | \ ˌpan-ˈsek-sh(ə-)wəl How to pronounce pansexual (audio) , -shəl \

Definition of pansexual

1 : of, relating to, or characterized by sexual or romantic 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

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Other Words from pansexual

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 \ ˌpan-​ˌsek-​shə-​ˈwa-​lə-​tē How to pronounce pansexuality (audio) \ or less commonly pansexualism \ ˌpan-​ˈsek-​sh(ə-​)wə-​ˌli-​zəm How to pronounce pansexualism (audio) , -​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

Examples of pansexual in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The more actively demonic the character, the better Dormer is, and her sneering, pansexual, Zoot suit-wearing incarnation is an utter scene-stealer. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Penny Dreadful: City of Angels': TV Review," 24 Apr. 2020 That openness is best illustrated in Daniel Levy’s portrayal of David Rose, who is pansexual and develops one of the most cherished relationships on the show with Patrick Brewer, played by Noah Reid. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why Canadians see themselves in ‘Schitt’s Creek’," 8 Apr. 2020 The truth is, to be an Afro-Latinx non-binary femme pansexual — in Trump’s boundary-hungry world — is just frightening. Faylita Hicks, Longreads, "The Danger of Desire," 2 Apr. 2020 And Jenny Kwan is hosting a panel on trans and gender nonconforming bi and pansexual perspectives. Ryan Kost,, "Bay Area bisexual, pansexual conference stands against invisibility," 24 Jan. 2020 Featuring a drawing of a person holding the transgender and pansexual pride flags, the note appears to have been written by a young person. Char Adams,, "Kid Leaves Touching Note on Gay Couple's Doorstep: You've 'Given Me the Courage to Come Out'," 24 June 2019 Bex Hexagon is one of three organizers behind BiCon, a two-day conference for the bisexual and pansexual community scheduled in both San Francisco and Oakland for the weekend of Feb. 1. Ryan Kost,, "Bay Area bisexual, pansexual conference stands against invisibility," 24 Jan. 2020 His character, David, is pansexual and got engaged in the penultimate season (with wedding planning being a big part of the final season storyline). NBC News, "'Schitt's Creek' star Dan Levy says he's 'most proud' of show's 'love is love' message," 14 Jan. 2020 The reality is that bisexual and pansexual people — who are the largest segment of the LGBTQ+ community — have just as much at stake. Amber Heard, Teen Vogue, "Amber Heard: SCOTUS Workplace Discrimination Cases Threaten All LGBTQ+ People," 24 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of pansexual

1914, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Pansexual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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