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    Tertiary attraction, or non-rose,[1] is an umbrella term originating in the aroace communities which describes forms of attraction besides romantic and sexual attractions, or besides physical and emotional.[2]

    For individuals who are not a-spec, a partnership may involve many or all forms of attraction. When one or more form of attraction is not experienced, such as with aromantic and asexual individuals, it may become easier to identify more specific forms of attraction.

    Aroace individuals who experience nonsexual/nonromantic attraction may identity as oriented aroace or angled aroace, or may simply use another orientation label in addition to aromantic and asexual.[3]

    An individual who experiences tertiary attraction may use the term orientated to express it as their identity without necessarily using the split attraction model or another specific amative or affinitive orientation, as well as orientationless.

    Specific orientation labels can be derived from each attraction type using any of the prefixes used for sexual or romantic attractions. For example, one may be bisensual, meaning they experience sensual attraction towards individuals of two or more genders.

    Individuals who do not experience tertiary attraction may identify as atertiary or nontertiary. Aroace individuals who do not experience tertiary attraction may identify as electioaroace or anattractional.

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    Since "tertiary" means "third," the term has been criticized for implying that romantic and sexual attraction are the default or most important forms of attraction.[4] The term eriattraction exists as an alternative.

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    The flag was designed by Tumblr user lgbtqiarchive on December 3, 2019. The colors are from alterous, queerplatonic, platonic, aesthetic, and sensual flags, the most known non-romantic non-sexual attractions.[5]

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