pan·​sex·​u·​al ˌpan-ˈsek-sh(ə-)wəl How to pronounce pansexual (audio)
: 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
: 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 noun
or less commonly pansexualism
"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 scene sets the mood for seven episodes of saucy gossip, wanton violence, and all manner of pansexual debauchery. Judy Berman, TIME, 5 Apr. 2024 Wayne Brady is here to set the record straight on his pansexual identity. Naledi Ushe, USA TODAY, 18 Mar. 2024 There is a nonbinary and pansexual person who also has a physical disability. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Mar. 2024 Brady discussed common misconceptions about being pansexual following his reveal in August. Naledi Ushe, USA TODAY, 18 Mar. 2024 Brady, who came out last year as pansexual, stars alongside his ex-wife and business partner, Mandie Taketa, their 21-year-old daughter, Maile Brady, and Taketa’s life partner Jason Fordham and their son. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Mar. 2024 With five overall challenge wins and no bottom placements, winner Cristian Peralta dominated the competition from episode 1, but also secured a unique place among the Drag Race family as a pansexual performer who's married to a woman — and even has a daughter. Joey Nolfi,, 5 Dec. 2023 What if Love Is Blind featured openly bisexual, asexual, or pansexual people? TIME, 12 Feb. 2024 In their September 2019 cover story for The Advocate, Karamo and Jason opened up about navigating a tough moment in their relationship when Jason came out as pansexual at age 21. Ilana Frost, Peoplemag, 25 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of pansexual was in 1914

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“Pansexual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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