sexual orientation

1. (noun) The state of one’s sexual or romantic attractions or desires at any given time.

2. (noun) The sex or gender that an individual is attracted to in some way.

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  • Plural: sexual orientations

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How to Cite the Definition of Sexual Orientation

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “sexual orientation.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 12, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/sexual-orientation/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

sexual orientation. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/sexual-orientation/

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “sexual orientation.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 12, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/sexual-orientation/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“sexual orientation.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 12 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/sexual-orientation/>.