free love


Definition of free love

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

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Keep it small Festivals may emanate a free love kinda vibe, but remember that threesomes are usually bad, and anything more than that is worse. Beca Grimm, GQ, "9 Tips For Having a Happy, Clean, Consensual Music Festival Hookup," 20 Apr. 2018 Free Town Christiania, Denmark Christiania, the autonomous neighborhood in Copenhagen formed in 1971, was founded by a journalist deep into the free love movement. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Seven Planned Utopian Towns That You Can Visit Today," 23 May 2018 But what began as a culture of peace and free love morphed, as the group struggled to keep control of the area, into a saga marked by poison attacks, attempted murders and rampant immigration fraud. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "The Wild Wild Country Team Knows They Left Out Part of the Story. But They Did it on Purpose," 13 Apr. 2018 The turning on was supplied to Stockhausen by the Eastern mysticism, psychedelic reverie and free love that pervaded the Bay Area hippie culture. Mark Swed,, "Four radical and radically original pieces of music that blew up the modernist status quo in 1968," 21 Apr. 2018 The Bhagwan’s followers wore similar clothing, meditated and underwent sessions involving screaming and shaking, and advocated free love and expression. Paige Cornwell, The Seattle Times, "‘Sex kits’ and assault weapons: how The Seattle Times covered Rajneeshees, cult in Netflix’s ‘Wild Wild Country’," 23 Mar. 2018 Part 10: While followers talked about free love, the Rajneeshees armed themselves with assault weapons, grenade launchers and submachine guns, turning Rajneeshpuram into one of the most-heavily armed places in the state. Grant Butler,, "Read The Oregonian's original 20-part investigative series on Rajneeshees," 20 Mar. 2018 From '70s free love to modern day power suits, her character is forced to develop (and surely turn her into a hair and makeup master). Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Exclusive: Blake Lively's 'Age of Adaline' Poster," 11 Mar. 2015 In the increasingly fierce—if not entirely tangible—fight for the exploding self-driving car market, Lyft stands out for its free love vibes. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Lyft Strikes a Self-Driving Deal to Make Itself Everybody's Best Bud," 14 Mar. 2018

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1705, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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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