Definitions for Heterosexualˌhɛt ər əˈsɛk ʃu əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

het•er•o•sex•u•alˌhɛt ər əˈsɛk ʃu əl(adj.)

  1. of, pertaining to, or exhibiting heterosexuality.

    Category: Medicine

  2. pertaining to the opposite sex or to both sexes.

    Category: Medicine

  3. (n.)a heterosexual person.

    Category: Medicine

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. heterosexual, heterosexual person, straight person, straight(adj)

    a heterosexual person; someone having a sexual orientation to persons of the opposite sex

  2. heterosexual(adj)

    sexually attracted to members of the opposite sex

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. heterosexual(noun)ˌhɛt ər əˈsɛk ʃu əl

    sb who is attracted to people of the other sex

    a heterosexual couple


  1. heterosexual(Noun)

    A heterosexual person, or other heterosexual organism.

  2. heterosexual(Adjective)

    Sexually attracted to members of the opposite sex.


  1. Heterosexuality

    Heterosexuality is romantic attraction, sexual attraction or sexual behavior between persons of opposite sex or gender. As a sexual orientation, heterosexuality is "an enduring pattern of emotional, romantic, and/or sexual attractions" to persons of the opposite sex; it "also refers to a person's sense of identity based on those attractions, related behaviors, and membership in a community of others who share those attractions." Heterosexuality is one of the three main classifications of sexual orientation along with bisexuality and homosexuality, which are each parts of the heterosexual–homosexual continuum. The term heterosexual or heterosexuality is usually applied to humans, but it is also observed in all mammals. The word heterosexual is etymologically formed by adding the combining form of Greek έτερος heteros as a prefix to "sexuality".


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