having no sex or organs.
independent of processes, especially not involving the union of male and female germ cells.

free from or unaffected by sexuality:
an asexual friendship.
Contemporary Examples

New York magazine art critic Jerry Saltz described it as “fabulously complex, sexual, asexual, mysterious, powerful, impish.”
The Tilda Swinton Weirdness Quiz: All About the MoMA-Napping Actress Melissa Leon March 26, 2013

His encounter with a female Israeli soldier who seems at first rife for a sexual experience, ultimately proves an asexual one.
Lena Dunham’s First Time Mira Sucharov October 28, 2012

A trio of men newly arrived from Vermont noted their surprise at the “asexual” vibe in the air.
Canoodling at Wall Street Casey Schwartz October 18, 2011

She indulged her preference for substantial fabrics that can be molded into asexual silhouettes that stand away from the body.
Milan’s Day-Glo Exuberance Robin Givhan September 25, 2011

The whitewashed version of an asexual old man that has been in place for a century is passé.
Mark Twain’s Sex Toys Laura Skandera Trombley June 8, 2010

Historical Examples

The former is therefore an asexual development, while the latter is sexual.
The Sea Shore William S. Furneaux

As with the last division, the reproduction of the melanospores may be asexual or sexual.
The Sea Shore William S. Furneaux

The asexual spores, which are not motile, are formed in some of the surface cells of the thallus.
The Sea Shore William S. Furneaux

There are two kinds of reproduction, the sexual and the asexual.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 3 Various

In a large number of lower animals and plants sexual and asexual generation regularly alternate.
The Wonders of Life Ernst Haeckel

having no apparent sex or sex organs
(of reproduction) not involving the fusion of male and female gametes, as in vegetative reproduction, fission, or budding

1830, as a term in biology, a hybrid from a- (2) “not” + sexual. In general contexts, attested from 1896.

asexual a·sex·u·al (ā-sěk’shōō-əl)

Having no evident sex or sex organs; sexless.

Relating to, produced by, or involving reproduction that occurs without the union of male and female gametes, as in binary fission or budding.

Lacking interest in or desire for sex.

a·sex’u·al’i·ty (-āl’ĭ-tē) n.
a·sex’u·al·ly adv.


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