free love


Definition of free love

1 : living openly with a sexual partner without marriage
2 : sexual relations with no commitments by either partner

Examples of free love in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This was the swinging '60s with free love in the air and the House of Windsor was starting to look decidedly stuffy. Juliet Rieden, Town & Country, "The True Story of the Royal Family's BBC Documentary, Which Hasn't Been Seen Publicly in Decades," 23 Nov. 2019 Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, also known as Osho, preached a message of pop psychology and free love that drew about 4,000 followers from around the world to the commune in Oregon from 1981 to 1985. Washington Post, "Indian guru Rajneesh’s ex-aide to star in new documentary," 1 Nov. 2019 Easy Rider, with its plot involving free love, a cross-country motorcycle trip and lots of drugs, became a grand temple of counterculture cinema, and Fonda’s Wyatt–a lanky, untroubled adventurer open to the world–its patron saint. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Remembering Peter Fonda as a Counterculture Star," 22 Aug. 2019 Europe at that time was gripped by political questions concerning the place of women in society, free love, the expansion of the franchise, and the importance of scientific inquiry in civic life. Andrew Katzenstein, Harper's magazine, "The Radical Conservative," 16 Sep. 2019 As the counterculture movement took hold, bringing with it drugs, free love, psychedelic rock and a new attitude toward American life, norms were also changing in Hollywood. Alejandro De La Garza, Time, "The True Story Behind Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood," 26 July 2019 The Manson girl mythology had everything pop culture in 1969 could want: the gruesome killing of a movie star, beautiful young girl murderers, the counterculture gone wild, and a titillating hint of a hippie-ish free love ethos. Constance Grady, Vox, "The evolving mythology of the “Manson girls”," 8 Aug. 2019 Yet the former First Lady, paragon of cool elegance and unfailing good taste, was in fact utterly devoted to that earthy fragrance note so inextricably commingled with counter-culture rebellion and free love. April Long, Town & Country, "Jackie Kennedy's Unexpected Love of Patchouli," 28 July 2019 Many of those who had protested against war and preached free love in the decade before had grown up, settled down and bought homes and cars. J.l., The Economist, "Now playing: yacht rock," 5 July 2019

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First Known Use of free love

1705, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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10 Dec 2019

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“Free love.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of free love

: the practice of having sex with many people instead of with just one partner

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