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 Republican lawmakers in Florida have said the new law will protect parents’ ability to decide how and when their elementary-school- age children learn about sexuality and identity. Washington Post, 9 May 2022 Historians say the sentiment being associated with this new wave of legislation about sexuality and gender identity, however, is reminiscent of a long history of the demonization of the LGBTQ community. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 7 May 2022 Told across three chapters from childhood to adolescence and into adulthood, Chiron navigates his identity and sexuality growing up in a rough neighborhood in Miami in the 80s. Sophie Hanson, Harper's BAZAAR, 5 May 2022 Jillian Hernandez, PhD, scholar and author of several books examining sexuality and culture within Black and brown communities in the U.S. Thalía Henao, Allure, 3 May 2022 Then, last year, the book’s frank grappling with gender identity and sexuality began generating headlines around the country. New York Times, 1 May 2022 British superstar Harry Styles discussed the impact on his sexuality and intimacy, specifically, in his most recent feature with Better Homes & Gardens. Seventeen, 27 Apr. 2022 The legislative debates have coincided with a rise in attempts to restrict access to books that discuss sexuality and gender identity. Los Angeles Times, 26 Apr. 2022 The battle against Disney waged by DeSantis is the latest front in a culture war over COVID-19 restrictions, sexuality and gender that’s launched him into presidential contention. Winston Cho, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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15 May 2022

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“Sexuality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for sexuality


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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