Romantic orientation

an individual's pattern of romantic attraction, as distinguished from sexual orientation

Romantic orientation, also called affectional orientation, indicates the sex or gender that a person is most likely to have a romantic relationship with. It is compared to the term sexual orientation. Romantic orientation is based on the idea that sexual attraction is one component of a larger picture.[1] For example, although a pansexual person may feel sexually attracted to multiple genders, they may be predisposed to romantic intimacy with females. For asexual people, romantic orientation is often considered a more useful measure of attraction than sexual orientation,[2][3] as some are not aromantic.

Other examples of romantic orientation include biromantic, heteroromantic, homoromantic, and panromantic.[4]

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  2. Sexuality and Gender for Mental Health Professionals: A Practical Guide. SAGE. 2013. pp. 124–127. ISBN 978-1-4462-9313-3. Retrieved July 3, 2014. {{cite book}}: Cite uses deprecated parameter |authors= (help)
  3. Asexualities: Feminist and Queer Perspectives. Routledge. 2014. pp. 89–93. ISBN 978-1-134-69253-8. Retrieved July 3, 2014. {{cite book}}: Cite uses deprecated parameter |authors= (help)
  4. Clark, Alyssa N.; Zimmerman, Corinne (2022-05-01). "Concordance Between Romantic Orientations and Sexual Attitudes: Comparing Allosexual and Asexual Adults". Archives of Sexual Behavior. 51 (4): 2147–2157. doi:10.1007/s10508-021-02194-3. ISSN 1573-2800. PMID 35380311. S2CID 247955047.