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From demi- (half) +‎ -sexual.


  • IPA(key): /ˌdɛmiːˈsɛkʃuəl/


demisexual (comparative more demisexual, superlative most demisexual)

  1. (of humans) A demisexual is a person who doesn't experience primary sexual attraction (based on sight or smell or other instantly available information). [from 21st c.]
    • 2010, Sophie Gamwell, "Asexuality", BoLT, Issue 1, April 2010, page 14:
      Some people may identify as asexual for a period and then decide that they are in fact demisexual, or even sexual.
    • 2013, Tracey Hickey, "Asexuality should be recognized as a legitimate sexual orientation", The Pitt News (University of Pittsburgh), 14 February 2013:
      Some think of themselves as demisexual, only able to feel attraction when a very strong emotional bond already exists.
    • 2013, C. J. Bishop, "A mystery wrapped in an enigma – asexuality: a virtual discussion", Psychology & Sexuality, Volume 4, Issue 2, March 2013, page 205 (quoting A. C. Hinderliter):
      In asexual / ace communities in the past few years, there has been an enormous increase in prominence of people identifying as gray-A and as demisexual, with ‘ace’ now sometimes being used as an umbrella term.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:demisexual.


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demisexual (plural demisexuals)

  1. A person who is demisexual.
    • 2011, Mark Carrigan, "There’s more to life than sex? Difference and commonality within the asexual community", Sexualities, Volume 14, Number 4, August 2011, page 470:
      Demisexuals experience sexual attraction as a consequence of romantic attraction but not independently of it.
    • 2011, Holly Combs, "Labeling sexuality is not simple", The Maroon (Loyola University New Orleans), Volume 90, Number 10, 11 November 2011, page 6:
      Demisexuals experience sexual desire only toward people with whom they already have a strong emotional bond. Like an asexual, a demisexual would not see an attractive woman and immediately desire sex, unless, of course, that attractive woman happened to be in a serious emotional relationship with the demisexual.
    • 2013, Whitney Cyr, "Students ‘come out’ and inspire with stories", The Equinox (Keene State College), 24 April 2013:
      Rines identified himself as a demisexual, meaning that he is only sexually attracted to a person once a strong emotional attachment has been formed.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:demisexual.




  • IPA(key): /demiseɡˈswal/, [d̪e.mi.seɣ̞ˈswal]
  • Rhymes: -al


demisexual (plural demisexuales)

  1. demisexual