asexuality

(noun) Lacking or having minimal sexual attraction, desire, or interest towards others.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: asexualities
  • Asexuality is not the same as celibacy which is the intentional absence of sexual activities.
  • Asexuality is experienced on a continuum, some asexuals masturbate and have sex with others to conceive children or as part of romantic relationships.
  • Also called:
    • nonsexuality
    • sexlessness
  • A personal expressing asexuality (adverb) asexually is an (noun) asexual.

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How to Cite the Definition of Asexuality Definition

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “asexuality.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 14, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/asexuality/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

asexuality. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/asexuality/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “asexuality.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 14, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/asexuality/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“asexuality.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 14 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/asexuality/>.