sexuality

noun
sex·​u·​al·​i·​ty | \ ˌsek-shə-ˈwa-lə-tē \

Definition of sexuality

: the quality or state of being sexual:
a : the condition of having sex
b : sexual activity
c : expression of sexual receptivity or interest especially when excessive

Examples of sexuality in a Sentence

She is comfortable with her sexuality. a study of male sexuality

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For the most part, her act is a jubilant celebration of sexuality. David Whiteis, Chicago Reader, "Southern soul-blues queen Ms. Jody always respects herself in the morning," 5 June 2018 His debut is hailed as bringing a new sexuality to the house while still being reverent to Sander’s minimalist roots. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "A Brief History of Raf Simons’s Storied Career in Fashion," 22 Dec. 2018 Ellen Kate Friedrichs, a health and sexuality educator in Brooklyn, NY breaks it down. 1. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "15 Things Every Girl Needs to Know About Masturbation," 10 Sep. 2018 But even in the self-consciously liberal world of magazine journalism, a person's sexuality can be a factor. Nick Levine, GQ, "How to Be Gay at Work," 14 June 2018 Because childhood experiences influence sexuality as an adult, people are very idiosyncratic about what turns them on. Brendan Tapley, Woman's Day, "10 Things Men Wish Women Knew About Sex," 25 May 2018 These complexities also reveal fractures on the basis of sexuality and racial bias. Ernest Owens, Vox, "What it’s like to be black and gay watching the Kevin Hart controversy unfold.," 11 Dec. 2018 Two new British co-productions explore fluid sexuality in the modern world. Sean Axmaker, The Seattle Times, "Now streaming: ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,’ ‘The Children Act,’ ‘Sadie’," 14 Nov. 2018 There’s a giant backstory of personal hardship with being in my body and sexuality and even abuse that makes this song a really beautiful and healing and empowering song. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Alyson Stoner is All Grown Up and She Wants Disney To Grow Up, Too," 14 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of sexuality

1797, in the meaning defined above

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sexuality

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sexuality

: the sexual habits and desires of a person

sexuality

noun
sex·​u·​al·​i·​ty | \ ˌsek-shə-ˈwal-ət-ē \
plural sexualities

Medical Definition of sexuality

: the quality or state of being sexual:
a : the condition of having sex
b : sexual activity
c : expression of sexual receptivity or interest especially when excessive

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