Definition of asexual in English:



  • 1Without sexual feelings or associations.

    ‘she rested her hand on the back of his head, in a maternal, wholly asexual, gesture’
    • ‘Millions of people have chosen or been forced into celibacy through religious circumstances or not getting married or simply being asexual in their orientation.’
    • ‘Married to a stereotypical, asexual soccer mom with two young kids, he sees Kathy as his escape from such mediocrity.’
    • ‘The amazing degree of variation in the experiences of asexual people suggests that the underlying causes of their lack of sexual attraction are very different.’
    • ‘It's the sort of garment that nuns would approve of, as it renders a woman completely asexual.’
    • ‘Now more and more people are coming out as asexual.’
    • ‘That is not to say that Matisse was an asexual being.’
    • ‘Hands stroked my hair, but their touch was utterly asexual.’
    • ‘One of society's most cherished beliefs is that the workplace is, or should be, asexual.’
    • ‘Mary's asexual image, I suspect, is partly to do with her assertion that fidelity isn't so terribly important and that Jeffrey isn't the first politician to indulge in a ‘fling’.’
    • ‘Not surprisingly, there were fewer asexual people than sexual people currently in a long-term relationship.’
    • ‘After each catty little spat, we cut to another uneventful rehearsal scene where boys and girls with asexual physiques pirouette weightlessly about the rehearsal room.’
    • ‘Should we extend that to expressions of disharmony against those of asexual orientation or gender identity?’
    • ‘He was quite cute, but I was so asexual and shy I didn't even think about it.’
    • ‘When people ask if I have a boyfriend, I laugh and tell them I've become asexual.’
    • ‘His James is celibate and asexual, without the homosexual yearnings suggested in Tóibín's novel, although Lodge does allow him the reflection that, if one had to, rather with a man than a woman.’
    • ‘While I agree that this predicament probably sucks for his girlfriend, I also don't see why it would be a blessing for many other women, unless they too, were asexual.’
    • ‘I mean, he's definitely not trying to be asexual.’
    • ‘Socialists, with some exceptions, have tended to believe that the proletariat should be kept in a state of hard-working asexual purity.’
    • ‘But several biographers have argued that Barrie was asexual, possibly impotent, and certainly never acted on any improper urges.’
    • ‘In modern terms, he was most likely asexual (an increasingly recognised state).’
    asexual, sexless, unsexed, epicene
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  • 2Biology
    (of reproduction) not involving the fusion of gametes.

    • ‘During this period, each polyp is capable of budding new polyps though asexual reproduction in spring.’
    • ‘It can either start asexual reproduction or it can produce gametes through mitosis.’
    • ‘On the other hand, consider organisms that reproduce by agametic, asexual reproduction.’
    • ‘The organism can also go through asexual reproduction.’
    • ‘Most reproduction is asexual, and this is accomplished by a wide variety of means, including fragmentation of filaments, but often involving the production of some kind of spore.’
    1. 2.1Without sex or sexual organs.
      ‘asexual parasites’
      • ‘This, combined with a sufficiently high rate of deleterious mutation, can allow sexual genotypes to outcompete asexual genotypes in the face of the twofold cost of sex.’
      • ‘The diagnosis is made by the observation of intracellular asexual forms of the parasite on thick and thin blood smears.’
      • ‘To experimentally measure this distribution requires either an asexual organism or a sexual line that is genetically homogeneous (homozygotic at each locus).’
      • ‘Consequently, mean fitness at equilibrium is higher in sexual populations than in asexual populations when fitness interactions are negative.’
      • ‘Uh-huh… and did you know that angels are asexual?’
      • ‘Our results also hold in both sexual and asexual species and recombining and nonrecombining chromosome regions.’


  • A person who has no sexual feelings or desires.

    • ‘Ellen, my first choice in the book kept by the class asexual, chose my best friend Josh, he later told me, because he was safe.’
    • ‘We had a written record, a closely held book, kept by the class asexual, listing everyone's first, second, and third choice in the opposite sex.’