Meaning of transsexual in English:


(also transexual)

Pronunciation /tranzˈsɛkʃʊəl/ /transˈsɛkʃʊəl/


  • 1A person who emotionally and psychologically feels that they belong to the opposite sex.

    ‘a pre-operative male-to-female transsexual’
    • ‘So transsexuals, although born into one gender, will identify emotionally and psychologically with the other.’
    • ‘She asserts that transgender nondiscrimination laws being passed throughout the country cover only transsexuals and not other transgender or gender-nonconforming people.’
    • ‘At the same time, the experiences of transgenders and transsexuals can offer much to the debates over utilizing, reforming, or doing away with sexual orientation categories.’
    • ‘Today, of course, transsexuals and other transgendered people have a significant voice in the literature of gender variance.’
    • ‘According to the authors, these professionals are ignorant of the homosexual versus autogynephilic typology of transsexuals.’
    • ‘It reaffirms my belief that the gay mainstream has no interest in the reality of the transsexual experience, despite the fact that many transsexuals have come from your ranks.’
    • ‘She manages to capture some of their innermost feelings, and shows that transsexuals have the same range of emotions and personalities as normal people.’
    • ‘The 17 person committee that writes the standards includes at least four transsexuals, including physicians.’
    • ‘A data-bending psychologist confirms what he already knew about gays and transsexuals.’
    • ‘First is the irony of a politically correct organization that ‘advocates for the rights of transsexuals’ but flatly refuses membership to transsexuals.’
    • ‘How did people react to a major Hollywood release with a transsexual as the lead character?’
    • ‘His emphasis was on sexual minorities - homosexuals, bisexuals, lesbians, gays, transsexuals, transvestites and other transgender people.’
    1. 1.1A person who has undergone treatment in order to acquire the physical characteristics of the opposite sex.


  • Relating to a transsexual person.

    ‘transsexual fantasies’
    • ‘The relationship between mental health professionals and their transgender / transsexual clients has a long and complicated history - one that has been often characterized in negative terms.’
    • ‘I knew I couldn't possibly do justice to the subject from a transgendered or transsexual perspective.’
    • ‘This bill is obviously a clear example of an expression of malice and prejudice against gay, lesbian, transgender, and transsexual people.’
    • ‘If you are a lesbian, bisexual woman, or transgendered / transsexual woman (living full-time), you are invited to participate in this study.’
    • ‘Despite a fairly balanced presentation of the issues, there are some subtle aspects of this video that transgender and transsexual advocates would find problematic.’
    • ‘This analysis can be strengthened with gender identity discussions that relate bisexuality to the experiences of transgender and transsexual individuals.’
    • ‘The language of the transgender / transsexual community is ever-evolving.’
    • ‘The bill also would extend nondiscrimination laws to gays, lesbians and transgendered and transexual people.’
    • ‘To return now to the example of my transsexual patient: initially, I really could not see what solution this patient would be able to find at the end of her analysis.’
    • ‘Yet these heroic changes, which have largely been driven by transsexual activists, focus solely on transsexuality and gender identity.’
    • ‘Unmarried parents, cohabiting couples with children, and transsexual couples with children have all been acknowledged as having a right to respect for their family life under this Article.’
    • ‘The study found that the biological structure in the brains of male to female transsexual people had a totally female pattern that was not attributable to sex hormone therapy.’
    • ‘An analysis was done of 2,000 transsexual patients in 13 countries over 30 years.’



/tranzˈsɛkʃʊəl/ /transˈsɛkʃʊəl/