Difference between Pansexual and Omnisexual

Key difference: The word ‘Pansexual’ is derived from the Greek prefix pan, meaning "all". Hence, a pansexual person usually identifies as someone who is attracted to people regardless of their sex or gender. Most people associate omnisexuality as essentially being the same as pansexuality. However, pansexuality is gender-blind, whereas omnisexuality is not.

Sexuality is inherent; whether or not they tell other people, chances are that the majority of people define their sexuality, or rather at least try to over the course of their lives. Pansexual and Omnisexual are two different sexuality orientations that people may associate with.

Most people are heterosexuals, which basically means that they are attracted to a person of the opposite gender. For example: a man who is attracted to a woman, or a woman who is attracted to a man. As this is the most common, it is often labeled as being “normal”, or “being the norm”. This in turn results in discrimination against people who do not identify as being heterosexual.

Another term that most people are familiar with is homosexuality. The term ‘homosexuality’ has the prefix ‘homo-’ which comes from the Greek word ‘homos’ meaning same. Hence, homosexuality refers to someone who is sexually or romantically attracted to someone who is the same sex as them. Such as, a man is attracted to a man, or a woman is attracted to a woman. 

Now comes the grey territory, the definitions that are not so cut and dry. This is where people, including those that don’t identify as heterosexual, are often confused; after all, it is a confusing subject. One that has a lot more emotional baggage attached to it than just blending in with the norm. Some of the other terms people may associate with include pansexual, polysexual, omnisexual, and ambisexual. These are only a few, there are also many who feel that they do not decidedly associate with one of these, and hence may identify as a combination of two, or in a new category entirely. Many even choose to identify as simple queer or fluid, and hence intentionally avoid defining their sexuality.

A bisexual is someone who is attracted to people of both sexes, including men and female. The prefix ‘bi-’ comes from the Latin name for the number two. The other categories, such as pansexual, omnisexual, etc. are often either labeled as subcategories of bisexuality, or separate and independent categories.

The word ‘Pansexual’ is derived from the Greek prefix pan, meaning "all". Hence, a pansexual person usually identifies as someone who is attracted to people regardless of their sex or gender. It should be noted that sex and gender are two different things. Sex is how the body is physically designed depending on what body parts each person has. A gender is how that person feels inside or identifies as. Hence, even though a person may physically look like a man, they may instead identify as a woman, or vice versa.

A pansexual typically does not care what the sex or the gender of that person it. They often say that they make connections base on the personality of the person, and not what they are. It is due to this, that pansexuality is often called gender-blind, as in they do not pay attention to gender.

Depending on who is asking, the definition of omnisexuality may vary. However, most people associate omnisexuality as essentially being the same as pansexuality. The prefix omni- comes from Latin word for "all", omnis. Hence, being attracted to people of all sexes and gender, i.e. essentially the same as pansexuality. Yet, there is one significant difference that many claim exists. This is the point that while pansexuality is gender-blind, omnisexuality is not. An omnisexual sees and notes the sex or gender, however, they do not care about it, and form a relationship with the person regardless of what their sex or gender is.

Additionally, the term polysexual has the prefix ‘poly-’ meaning many, and hence refers to connotations of “having multiple sexualities”. The term is sometimes used by people who feel their sexuality varies over time. The term ambisexual, on the other hand, brings to mind the word ambiguous, and is used my people whose sexuality is ambiguous and not clear cut or defined.

Comparison between Pansexual and Omnisexual:




Definition (Oxford Dictionaries)

Not limited in sexual choice with regard to biological sex, gender, or gender identity.

Involving, related to, or characterized by a diverse sexual propensity.


Pansexuality, or omnisexuality, is the sexual, romantic or emotional attraction towards people regardless of their sex or gender identity.


The prefix pan- comes from the ancient Greek word for "all, every"

The prefix omni- comes from Latin word for "all", omnis.

Gender (objective)

Often called gender-blind, claiming that gender and sex are insignificant or irrelevant in determining whether they will be sexually attracted to others.

Usually do not call themselves as gender-blind, instead claiming that they see and acknowledge gender, but don’t care that much about it.

Reference: Oxford Dictionaries (Pansexual and Omnisexual), Wikipedia,
Bisexual, CNN, Stop Homophobia
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Can you, or anyone please explain the difference between the adjectives 'every' and 'all' with regard to people being sexually attracted to other people?

Your definition of bisexuality is outdated. It is now being defined as attraction to two or more genders, perhaps to different degrees and it can be fluid over someones life.

This was helpful thanks

Appreciate the attempt, but this still makes no sense. But I guess that's inherit to the topic.

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