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

Recent Examples on the Web

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 The Body Political Team StarFox presents a burlesque and variety show exploring stories of the body as well as topics as gender, racial justice, age, weight/body type, mental health, sexuality and bodily autonomy. SFChronicle.com, "Theater capsule reviews and listings, week of June 24," 22 June 2018 Well, if that's true, male sexuality could qualify as the dark planet. Brendan Tapley, Woman's Day, "10 Things Men Wish Women Knew About Sex," 25 May 2018 Even shows like Drag Race still operate with certain ideas of what constitutes praiseworthy drag, and their acting challenges often rely on clichéd caricatures of histrionic women using their sexuality and feminine wiles to catfight one another. Daniel Villarreal, Vox, "Drag queens are more political than ever. Can they lead a movement?," 5 Nov. 2018 Our sexualities have an ebb and flow, like every other part of our lives. Corinne Werder, Allure, "Want to Have Better Sex? Stop Worrying About Orgasms," 11 Oct. 2018 But the attempt to further develop Nicole Dormer (Bella Heathcote), whose primary role in season 2 was to seduce Joe Blake, spends too much time on her sexuality at the expense of every other aspect of her character. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "Season 3 of The Man in the High Castle doubles down on science fiction — and stumbles," 27 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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