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 gay (see gay entry 1 sense 1a) or straight (see straight entry 1 sense 3h) 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 pansexual (audio) \ or less commonly pansexualism \ ˌpan-​ˈsek-​sh(ə-​)wə-​ˌli-​zəm How to pronounce pansexual (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 Many of these labels are newer creations (e.g., pansexual, androgyne, genderqueer), and some are unique to specific cultures (e.g., two-spirit in Native American traditions, fa'afafine in Samoa, hijra in South Asia). Gillian Oakenfull, Forbes, 8 June 2021 Hurcum, who also identifies as pansexual, said the city council has supported and protected them as someone who is publicly out. NBC News, 1 June 2021 In March, Lovato opened up to fans about being pansexual during an episode of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast. Tomás Mier,, 28 May 2021 So somebody who is pansexual is attracted to all genders, or they are attracted to people regardless of gender. Colleen Murphy,, 27 May 2021 But some people are already into tentacles; some people are already bi- or pansexual. Stephanie Burt, The New Republic, 27 May 2021 Leo Shanti Hegde identifies as a South Asian transmasculine pansexual person who is passionate about music. Phillip Zonkel, USA TODAY, 20 May 2021 There are promising elements, including Laura Donnelly’s strong performance as Amalia, and James Norton slurping up his role as a delighted, pansexual louche. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 9 Apr. 2021 Delevingne now identifies as pansexual and has been in public relationships with women, including actor Ashley Benson and musician St. Vincent. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 16 Mar. 2021

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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 25 Jun. 2021.

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