The noun sexuality can refer to sexual matters of all kinds. It often describes having sexual feelings. A novel about a teenager growing up may examine the awakening sexuality of its main character.

Sexuality also describes a person's sexual preferences and orientation — meaning whether you're gay or straight. Sexuality can refer to erotic experiences, but it can also be used broadly to refer to how organisms — whether human or animal — reproduce. There are scientists who exclusively study sexuality, from the mating habits of animals to the peculiarities of how humans pair up.

Definitions of sexuality

n the properties that distinguish organisms on the basis of their reproductive roles

gender, sex
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maleness, masculinity
the properties characteristic of the male sex
androgyny, bisexuality, hermaphroditism
showing characteristics of both sexes
femaleness, feminineness
the properties characteristic of the female sex
the masculine property of being capable of copulation and procreation
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physiological property
a property having to do with the functioning of the body

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