graysexual

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Etymology[edit]

Blend of gray +‎ asexual. See grey area.

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graysexual (not comparable)

  1. (neologism) Intermediate between sexual and asexual; sometimes, but not usually, experiencing sexual attraction and desire.
    • 2013, M. M, "sex-pos", Post- (Brown University), Volume 14, Issue 13, 21 February 2013, page 7:
      But then I remember: the whole ethos of sex-positivity is predicated on a belief that everyone—sexual, asexual, or gray-sexual; monogamous, polyamorous, or something in-between; LGBTQ or as hetero as the Romneys—is entitled to pleasurable and safe sex.
    • 2014, Tess Banta, "The 'A' Stands for Asexual", The Amherst Student (Amherst College), Volume 143, Issue 16, 19 February 2014, page 7:
      Some aces are gray-sexual (or gray-A), meaning that they fall somewhere on a spectrum between asexual and sexual.
    • 2014, Julie Sondra Decker, "How to Tell If You Are Asexual", Time, 18 June 2014:
      Do you feel sexual attraction sometimes, but only rarely? You may be graysexual,* and you’ll have a lot in common with asexual people if you are.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:graysexual.

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