sexuality

noun
sex·​u·​al·​i·​ty | \ ˌsek-shə-ˈwa-lə-tē How to pronounce sexuality (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web It’s the entitlement of the gynecologist who has not bothered to judge you on the basis of your religion and sexuality. Hessie Jones, Forbes, "Intersectionality, Inequity And Imminence Of AI: A Human Perspective," 26 Apr. 2021 Boy Scout summer camp is fraught with anxiety for the teenager Aiden Navarro when he is bullied for his Filipino heritage, while questioning his religion and sexuality. Michelle Lee, New York Times, "Teach Your Kids to Resist Hatred Toward Asians," 24 Apr. 2021 Natasha Helfer, the Latter-day Saint therapist whose views on sexuality resulted in a disciplinary council Sunday, has been excommunicated from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Jana Riess: LDS excommunication — need not be present to ‘win.’ Just ask Natasha Helfer.," 23 Apr. 2021 Still, the officials said the initiative is not focused solely on building relationships with Black residents, but is instead focused on improving equity across the board — making events more inclusive to people of all races, ages and sexuality. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, "'An institutional obligation': Churchill Downs and partners launch Derby equity initiative," 22 Apr. 2021 Amy Gravino is an autism sexuality advocate, international speaker, award-winning writer and enthusiastic home cook. Amy Gravino, CNN, "I now know what caused my autism, which changes everything — and nothing," 21 Apr. 2021 While women across the gender identity and sexuality spectrum lack proportionate political representation in the U.S., LGBTQ women are particularly underrepresented. NBC News, "For LGBTQ women, running for office ranges from 'difficult' to threatening," 15 Apr. 2021 As for Hitchcock, no amount of hero-worship keeps anyone from noticing how rife his films are with repressed desire, voyeurism and creepy sexuality. Washington Post, "‘A Light in the Dark’ is a love letter to the directors, personal flaws and all," 12 Apr. 2021 Moreover, the video’s overt sexuality is precisely the point. Rev. Jacqui Lewis, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Lil Nas X Is Reclaiming Queerness to Proclaim His Own Blessedness," 8 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of sexuality

1797, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sexuality was in 1797

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3 May 2021

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“Sexuality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sexuality. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce sexuality (audio) \
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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