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sexual orientationnoun [U or C]

uk   /ˌsek.sjʊəl ɔː.ri.enˈteɪ.ʃən/  us   /ˌsek.sjʊəl ɔːr.i.enˈteɪ.ʃən/
the ​fact of someone ​preferring to have ​sexualrelationships either with men, or with women, or with both: Everyone will be ​treatedequally, ​regardless of ​sexualorientation. The ​club is ​open to ​people of all ​sexual orientations.
(Definition of sexual orientation from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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sexual orientationnoun [U]

 /ˈsek·ʃu·əl ˌɔr·i·ənˈteɪ·ʃən, ˌoʊr-/ (also sexual preference,  /ˈsek·ʃu·əl ˈpref·ər·əns/ )
the ​tendency to have ​feelings of ​physicalattraction for ​members of the ​opposite or the same ​sex
(Definition of sexual orientation from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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