free love


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

Examples of free love in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This growth was attainable by means of regular therapy and by practicing free love and unattachment to any single other person, including one’s offspring. Nellie Hermann, The New Republic, 17 Aug. 2023 These views have often been dismissed as essentialist and puritanical in the face of the ‘free love’ movement that characterised the 1960s and 70s. Hannah Uguru,, 21 May 2023 As foreign tourists flock to places like Casablanca in search of drugs and free love, former revolutionaries get caught up in the pursuit of money and power. Mark Athitakis, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2023 The Lauries are drawn in by the charisma of Frisbee, along with thousands of other California hippies who went from seeking meaning in drugs and free love to embracing Jesus and being baptized in the Pacific Ocean. al, 23 Feb. 2023 Like many of the era’s youthful seekers, Kasabian drifted around the country taking drugs, living in communes and practicing free love. Elaine Woo Los Angeles Times (tns), al, 2 Mar. 2023 However, to a large segment of Anchorage society, these new arrivals were just filthy hippies who came north to spread communism, free love, or LSD. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Jan. 2023 Long before the free love of the 1960s and longer still before Gen Z circulated a mainstream acceptance of concepts like gender fluidity, there was the Bloomsbury group. Sebastian Modak, New York Times, 2 Jan. 2023 That’s not to imply that the crowd had abandoned free love or flower crowns, neither of which are in short supply among attendees assuming both the lotus and missionary positions in the green fields of Somerset. Elle Carroll, Vulture, 8 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1705, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of free love was in 1705

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“Free love.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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