Definition of sexuality in English:

sexuality

noun

  • 1[mass noun] Capacity for sexual feelings:

    ‘she began to understand the power of her sexuality’
    • ‘I really thought we'd be able to use the Power of Fashion to unravel the Gordian Knot of human sexuality in this column.’
    • ‘Homosexuality and heterosexuality are both aspects of human sexuality.’
    • ‘I love it when I'm pleasantly surprised by the vagaries of human sexuality… glad to be of service.’
    • ‘He's so instructive to us on what human sexuality is all about.’
    • ‘That is why I've always been troubled by the conception of love and its connection to human relationships and sexuality.’
    • ‘We should no longer look to nature for answers about human sexuality; in fact, it should have no say on the matter at all.’
    • ‘Neither humans nor their sexuality can be treated as commodities.’
    • ‘All are related in various ways to the vast domain of human sexuality.’
    • ‘It is very hard to know what sexuality would look like freed from the dominance of heterosexuality.’
    • ‘Now we have a fellow who clearly expects slavish cooperation, even when he goes off the rails of recognizable human sexuality.’
    • ‘The way I see it, human sexuality is like drinking tea.’
    • ‘This album is filled with sexual innuendo and in-your-face lesbian sexuality.’
    • ‘In succeeding years, this problematisation of sexuality, including heterosexuality, has come to characterise lesbian history.’
    • ‘Barker's plays are known for their fearless exploration of power, sexuality and human motivation.’
    • ‘As a result, he hit on the idea of doing a far-reaching survey of human sexuality in order to correct for this deficiency.’
    • ‘The book leads to a new openness about gay sexuality in literature.’
    • ‘I'm all for the frank and graphic examination of human sexuality in film.’
    • ‘In both cases the young girl is discouraged from being independent and exploring, let alone realizing, her capacities including her awakening sexuality.’
    • ‘She was especially upset over literature that deals with queer sexuality.’
    • ‘Be imaginative and experiment with all the sensuality and sexuality that the human body has to offer.’
    sensuality, sexiness, seductiveness, desirability
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    1. 1.1[count noun] A person's sexual orientation or preference:
      ‘people with proscribed sexualities’
      • ‘By loosely grouping these different relations together, Haggerty intends to reveal the various ways they differ from both early-modern sexualities and our own modern models of sexuality and gender.’
      • ‘I'm not saying real wizards have a problem with the gay thing - we're stupendously open-minded toward the alternative sexualities.’
      • ‘In the decades of gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual activism, minority sexualities have gained increasing understanding and visibility.’
      • ‘We got sprung from the strictures of the nuclear family, parish church, small town by our aberrant (queer and proud) sexualities.’
      • ‘For example, foreigners are said to bring family values to a culture that cannot sustain them due to New-World mobilities, sexualities, materialisms, and freedoms.’
      • ‘Lawrence's Women in Love, for instance, deliberately appropriates deviant sexualities in the construction of an alternative form of society.’
      • ‘In Hollywood, Friedman believes, it is cool to be open to different sexualities and races because personal difference is equated with creativity.’
      • ‘To the extent that the civil rights movement, in reality and perception, was linked to queer sexualities, massive resistance to the former was accompanied by massive repression of the latter.’
      • ‘How does Isabelle's sexuality fit within the overall theme of the show?’
      • ‘It's also refreshing to see a Scottish TV show with such a mix of nationalities, sexualities - without being overly self-conscious about it - and an ambitious range of locations.’
      • ‘While students experience Dutch society's acceptance of varying sexualities, they also find out that the Netherlands is not always the tolerant Utopia it is perceived by many to be.’
      • ‘Often criticized as a mark of Beauvoir's heterosexism, this remark (among others) is not made in ignorance of lesbian sexuality and is not a rejection of non-heterosexual sexualities.’
      • ‘Similarly, the film responds to contemporary American culture's own dominant constructions of sexuality (codified by Hollywood films and other media representations) and puritanical abhorrence of non-normative sexualities.’
      • ‘Rather, such a film would have to happily violate conventions of generic sexuality by explicitly eroticizing alternative sexualities for a non-alternative, unsuspecting, uncurious, and unsympathetic audience.’
      • ‘It's a struggle to try not to privilege certain sexualities.’
      • ‘You should be judged on your abilities, not your sexuality.’
      • ‘Our young, as they struggle to come to terms with their sexualities, often feel they come out of nothing and are not aware of the brave men and women who have risked so much for their freedom.’
      • ‘Since growing up with a lesbian sister and her bisexual lover, he's completely compassionate for all sexualities and most everyone regardless of anything, really.’
      • ‘It proclaims sisterhood beautiful even at its most acrimonious, and that someday, though not quite yet, all women may live in peace together despite divergent sexualities and warring ideologies.’
      • ‘‘I think the great thing about them is that it brings people together from all different classes and all different races, all different sexualities,’ he says.’
      • ‘Are any of the mass media aware that young people every day are affected and influenced by how they portray people of all colors, sexualities, and gender identities?’
      sexual orientation, orientation, sexual preference, leaning, persuasion
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    2. 1.2 Sexual activity:
      ‘sexuality within holy matrimony was only justified as a necessary part of reproduction’
      • ‘To them, sex and sexuality in any form other than a rigid husband-and-wife definition is dangerous.’
      sexual activity, reproductive activity, procreation, sexual intercourse, sex, intercourse, sexual relations
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Pronunciation:

sexuality

/sɛkʃʊˈaləti/