Meaning of asexual in English:



  • 1Not involving sexual activity, feelings, or associations; non-sexual.

    ‘he led an asexual life’
    ‘I'd been smitten with Fox, but in an entirely asexual way’
    • ‘His James is celibate and asexual, without the homosexual yearnings suggested in Tóibín's novel, although Lodge does allow him the reflection that, if one had to, rather with a man than a woman.’
    • ‘Mary's asexual image, I suspect, is partly to do with her assertion that fidelity isn't so terribly important and that Jeffrey isn't the first politician to indulge in a ‘fling’.’
    • ‘While I agree that this predicament probably sucks for his girlfriend, I also don't see why it would be a blessing for many other women, unless they too, were asexual.’
    • ‘Millions of people have chosen or been forced into celibacy through religious circumstances or not getting married or simply being asexual in their orientation.’
    • ‘After each catty little spat, we cut to another uneventful rehearsal scene where boys and girls with asexual physiques pirouette weightlessly about the rehearsal room.’
    • ‘But several biographers have argued that Barrie was asexual, possibly impotent, and certainly never acted on any improper urges.’
    • ‘The amazing degree of variation in the experiences of asexual people suggests that the underlying causes of their lack of sexual attraction are very different.’
    • ‘Socialists, with some exceptions, have tended to believe that the proletariat should be kept in a state of hard-working asexual purity.’
    • ‘Now more and more people are coming out as asexual.’
    • ‘That is not to say that Matisse was an asexual being.’
    • ‘Should we extend that to expressions of disharmony against those of asexual orientation or gender identity?’
    • ‘In modern terms, he was most likely asexual (an increasingly recognised state).’
    • ‘When people ask if I have a boyfriend, I laugh and tell them I've become asexual.’
    • ‘Married to a stereotypical, asexual soccer mom with two young kids, he sees Kathy as his escape from such mediocrity.’
    • ‘One of society's most cherished beliefs is that the workplace is, or should be, asexual.’
    • ‘He was quite cute, but I was so asexual and shy I didn't even think about it.’
    • ‘It's the sort of garment that nuns would approve of, as it renders a woman completely asexual.’
    • ‘Hands stroked my hair, but their touch was utterly asexual.’
    • ‘I mean, he's definitely not trying to be asexual.’
    • ‘Not surprisingly, there were fewer asexual people than sexual people currently in a long-term relationship.’
    1. 1.1(of a person) having no sexual feelings or desires, or not sexually attracted to anyone.
      ‘Murphy, who has never married, considers himself asexual’
  • 2Biology
    (of reproduction) not involving the fusion of gametes.

    ‘each polyp is capable of budding new polyps though asexual reproduction in spring’
    • ‘It can either start asexual reproduction or it can produce gametes through mitosis.’
    • ‘The organism can also go through asexual reproduction.’
    • ‘On the other hand, consider organisms that reproduce by agametic, asexual reproduction.’
    • ‘Most reproduction is asexual, and this is accomplished by a wide variety of means, including fragmentation of filaments, but often involving the production of some kind of spore.’
    • ‘During this period, each polyp is capable of budding new polyps though asexual reproduction in spring.’
    1. 2.1Without sex or sexual organs.
      ‘asexual parasites’
      • ‘The diagnosis is made by the observation of intracellular asexual forms of the parasite on thick and thin blood smears.’
      • ‘This, combined with a sufficiently high rate of deleterious mutation, can allow sexual genotypes to outcompete asexual genotypes in the face of the twofold cost of sex.’
      • ‘To experimentally measure this distribution requires either an asexual organism or a sexual line that is genetically homogeneous (homozygotic at each locus).’
      • ‘Our results also hold in both sexual and asexual species and recombining and nonrecombining chromosome regions.’
      • ‘Consequently, mean fitness at equilibrium is higher in sexual populations than in asexual populations when fitness interactions are negative.’
      • ‘Uh-huh… and did you know that angels are asexual?’
      asexual, sexless, unsexed, epicene


  • A person who has no sexual feelings or desires, or who is not sexually attracted to anyone.

    ‘Ellen, my first choice in the book kept by the class asexual, chose my best friend Josh, he later told me, because he was safe.’
    ‘We had a written record, a closely held book, kept by the class asexual, listing everyone's first, second, and third choice in the opposite sex.’