Definition of sexuality in US English:

sexuality

nounPlural sexualities

  • 1Capacity for sexual feelings.

    ‘she began to understand the power of her sexuality’
    • ‘I love it when I'm pleasantly surprised by the vagaries of human sexuality… glad to be of service.’
    • ‘That is why I've always been troubled by the conception of love and its connection to human relationships and sexuality.’
    • ‘She was especially upset over literature that deals with queer sexuality.’
    • ‘As a result, he hit on the idea of doing a far-reaching survey of human sexuality in order to correct for this deficiency.’
    • ‘All are related in various ways to the vast domain of human sexuality.’
    • ‘Be imaginative and experiment with all the sensuality and sexuality that the human body has to offer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I really thought we'd be able to use the Power of Fashion to unravel the Gordian Knot of human sexuality in this column.’
    • ‘We should no longer look to nature for answers about human sexuality; in fact, it should have no say on the matter at all.’
    • ‘Now we have a fellow who clearly expects slavish cooperation, even when he goes off the rails of recognizable human sexuality.’
    • ‘I'm all for the frank and graphic examination of human sexuality in film.’
    • ‘The way I see it, human sexuality is like drinking tea.’
    • ‘Homosexuality and heterosexuality are both aspects of human sexuality.’
    • ‘Neither humans nor their sexuality can be treated as commodities.’
    • ‘The book leads to a new openness about gay sexuality in literature.’
    • ‘It is very hard to know what sexuality would look like freed from the dominance of heterosexuality.’
    • ‘In both cases the young girl is discouraged from being independent and exploring, let alone realizing, her capacities including her awakening sexuality.’
    • ‘He's so instructive to us on what human sexuality is all about.’
    sensuality, sexiness, seductiveness, desirability
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    1. 1.1 A person's sexual orientation or preference.
      ‘people with proscribed sexualities’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We got sprung from the strictures of the nuclear family, parish church, small town by our aberrant (queer and proud) sexualities.’
      • ‘I'm not saying real wizards have a problem with the gay thing - we're stupendously open-minded toward the alternative sexualities.’
      • ‘You should be judged on your abilities, not your sexuality.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the decades of gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual activism, minority sexualities have gained increasing understanding and visibility.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Lawrence's Women in Love, for instance, deliberately appropriates deviant sexualities in the construction of an alternative form of society.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘How does Isabelle's sexuality fit within the overall theme of the show?’
      • ‘In Hollywood, Friedman believes, it is cool to be open to different sexualities and races because personal difference is equated with creativity.’
      • ‘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.’
      sexual orientation, orientation, sexual preference, leaning, persuasion
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    2. 1.2 Sexual activity.
      • ‘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

/ˌsɛkʃuˈælədi//ˌsekSHo͞oˈalədē/