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

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
"I am pansexual," he [Chris Stuckmann] admitted towards the end of the 56-minute clip. "If you don't know what pansexuality is, essentially you are attracted to all genders, and that's me." — Sam Damshenas

Examples of pansexual in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The singer himself came out as pansexual in 2018, and has long been a vocal supporter of LGBTQ+ rights. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, 7 June 2022 The colors show the interest of pansexual people in all genders as partners. Kiersten Willis, ajc, 8 June 2022 Major ones like pansexual, nonbinary and asexual aren't always spelled out, for example. David Oliver, USA TODAY, 11 Dec. 2021 The flag that represents people who are attracted to all genders, or pansexual, was designed by Jasper V in 2010, who posted it to tumblr. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, 16 May 2022 In the episode centered in Evansville, Ind., Eureka was paired with Duke, then a pastor at the Newburgh United Methodist Church, who appeared on the show in support of his daughter who is pansexual. Jillian Sederholm,, 15 Apr. 2022 The podcast team also interviewed Letty Martinez, the lead singer of the brash Chicanx punk band Fea, who identifies as pansexual. Julyssa Lopez, Rolling Stone, 31 Mar. 2022 Fan-favorite Chloe, an autistic woman who is also deaf and identifies as pansexual, is back for a second chance at love. NBC News, 28 Dec. 2021 The pastor, named Rev. Craig Duke, did it in support of his daughter, who identifies as pansexual. Michelle Shen, USA TODAY, 14 Dec. 2021 See More

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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 14 Aug. 2022.

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