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 The narrator never really understands the Solicitor, but that’s driven mainly by class rather than sexuality. Cressida Leyshon, The New Yorker, "Douglas Stuart on Growing Up Queer Before the Internet," 6 Jan. 2020 This sexuality debate has divided the United Methodist Church for about a half-century. Holly Meyer, USA TODAY, "United Methodist leaders propose splitting church over same-sex marriage tensions," 3 Jan. 2020 Likewise, parents cannot be made solely responsible for protecting their children from the relentless onslaught of sexuality pervading the Internet and social media. Jesse Merriam, National Review, "Regulate Pornography: See Centuries of State Obscenity Laws," 23 Dec. 2019 Before the claims against him became public, C.K. was a giant in the comedy world for his signature brand of observational humor, which often skewered male behavior and sexuality. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "Louis C.K. returns to Baltimore this weekend. Some say it’s too soon.," 13 Dec. 2019 As a member of Fifth Harmony, Cabello was part of a united front — often singing in five-part unison — of female solidarity tied to brash sexuality: Destiny’s Child plus Pussycat Dolls plus a little Spice Girls. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Camila Cabello and Harry Styles, Teen-Pop Alumni, Think Bigger," 12 Dec. 2019 This trend, and the variety of markings found, suggests the body art may be associated with women’s roles as healers and priestesses, not simply fertility and sexuality as previously theorized. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Infrared Reveals Egyptian Mummies’ Hidden Tattoos," 5 Dec. 2019 When Bohemian Rhapsody, the hit biopic about Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury, came to China, viewers were treated to a version without any references to Mercury’s sexuality or his struggle with AIDS. BostonGlobe.com, "BEIJING — It was only after her partner’s death that He Meili realized the full meaning of marriage.," 29 Nov. 2019 The now-malfunctioning chip has given him flip-flopping sexuality. Bisma Parvez, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit actor's new 'Flip Flop' TV show sparks LGBTQ conversations: How to see pilot," 27 Nov. 2019

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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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13 Jan 2020

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“Sexuality.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sexuality. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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sexuality

noun
How to pronounce sexuality (audio)

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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