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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 sexual relationships either with men, or with women, or with both: Everyone will be treated equally, regardless of sexual orientation. The club is open to people of all sexual orientations.
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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 physical attraction 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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