sexual preference

noun

plural sexual preferences
offensive; see usage paragraph below : sexual orientation
Usage of Sexual Preference

The term sexual preference as used to refer to sexual orientation is widely considered offensive in its implied suggestion that a person can choose who they are sexually or romantically attracted to.

Word History

First Known Use

1955, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sexual preference was in 1955

Dictionary Entries Near sexual preference

Cite this Entry

“Sexual preference.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sexual%20preference. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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