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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"attraction to both sexes" 1892, in translation of Krafft-Ebing; see bisexual + -ity.


n. 1 (context botany English) Of a flower, the state of being bisexual. 2 (context of humans or other animals English) The state of being sexually or romantically attracted to members of either sex.

  1. n. showing characteristics of both sexes [syn: androgyny, hermaphroditism]

  2. sexual activity with both men and women


Bisexuality is romantic attraction, sexual attraction, or sexual behavior toward both males and females, or romantic or sexual attraction to people of any sex or gender identity; this latter aspect is sometimes alternatively termed pansexuality.

The term bisexuality is mainly used in the context of human attraction to denote romantic or sexual feelings toward both men and women, and the concept is one of the three main classifications of sexual orientation along with heterosexuality and homosexuality, which are each parts of the heterosexual–homosexual continuum. A bisexual identity does not necessarily equate to equal sexual attraction to both sexes; commonly, people who have a distinct but not exclusive sexual preference for one sex over the other also identify themselves as bisexual.

Bisexuality has been observed in various human societies and elsewhere in the animal kingdom throughout recorded history. The term bisexuality, however, like the terms hetero- and homosexuality, was coined in the 19th century.

Usage examples of "bisexuality".

In California, teachers (starting with kindergarten) are being encouraged to teach that homosexuality, bisexuality - and even trans-sexuality - is normal behavior.

Remember, the degenerates on the left who want to sell Americans on the idea that homosexuality, bisexuality, transexuality, even sex with animals is normal are using porn as a way to indoctrinate the sheeple - while making their fortunes.

So I got into bisexuality, thinking that would help me find people who wouldn’t want to control me or compete with me.

She was forcing me to acknowledge to the world that I loved her despite her bisexuality, testing me to see if I could bear the dyke jokes and snickers.

Whether intentionally or not, she was rubbing her bisexuality, her youth, and her happiness in his face.

Such collating, or "proofreading," whose purpose was to remove "errors," became the reason and justification for the rise of bisexuality.

She believed or thought she believed that she could have lived with Warwick's bisexuality, if he were ambivalent.