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promiscuous

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adjective pro·mis·cu·ous \prə-ˈmis-kyə-wəs\

Simple Definition of promiscuous

  • : having or involving many sexual partners

  • : including or involving too many people or things : not limited in a careful or proper way

Full Definition of promiscuous

  1. 1 :  composed of all sorts of persons or things

  2. 2 :  not restricted to one class, sort, or person :  indiscriminate <education … cheapened through the promiscuous distribution of diplomas — Norman Cousins>

  3. 3 :  not restricted to one sexual partner

  4. 4 :  casual, irregular <promiscuous eating habits>

pro·mis·cu·ous·ly adverb
pro·mis·cu·ous·ness noun

Examples of promiscuous

  1. a promiscuous selection of poems

  2. <since I just collect stamps that I happen to like, my collection is pretty promiscuous>



Origin of promiscuous

Latin promiscuus, from pro- forth + miscēre to mix — more at pro-, mix


First Known Use: 1601


Medical Dictionary

promiscuous

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adjective pro·mis·cu·ous \prə-ˈmis-kyə-wəs\

Medical Definition of promiscuous

  1. :  not restricted to one sexual partner





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