Definition of Asexuality
(noun) Lacking or having minimal sexual attraction, desire, or interest towards others.
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˌeɪˌsɛkʃəˈwælədi/
- British English – /(ˌ)eɪsɛkʃʊˈalᵻti/
- 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.
- Asexuality is compared and contrasted to bisexuality, heterosexuality, homosexuality, and pansexuality.
- Also called:
- An (noun) asexual lives (adverb) asexually.
- Sex and Gender Resources – Books, Journals, and Helpful Links
- Word origin of “asexuality” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “asexuality.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved April 18, 2021 (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 April 18, 2021. https://sociologydictionary.org/asexuality/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“asexuality.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 18 Apr. 2021. <https://sociologydictionary.org/asexuality/>.