free love

noun

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 Steve Easterbrook, an Englishman in Chicago, had to find out the hard way that America is no longer the land of the free — or, in his case, free love. Henning Schroeder, Star Tribune, "The American way of privacy is ... 'exceptional'," 22 Sep. 2020 One thing to be wary of are sites offering free love tarot readings or free online tarot readings. Norcal Marketing, Chron, "Best Tarot Readings Online: 5 Most Accurate Tarot Card Reading Sites of 2021," 28 Jan. 2021 The Beat Generation believed in free love and a nomadic existence that rejected private property and conventional social mores, and built their poetry movement on the appropriation of jazz music and blues. Iman Sultan, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lana Del Rey Can't Qualify Her Way Out of Being Held Accountable," 26 Jan. 2021 The free love movement did not produce a more tolerant society. Michael Bennett, Washington Post, "How do you write satire in the age of bleach injections? It isn’t easy, but it’s necessary.," 17 Oct. 2020 People of Praise was founded in South Bend, Indiana, in 1971 as part of the Catholic Pentecostal movement, a devout reaction to the free love, secular permissiveness and counterculture movements of the 1960s and early ’70s. The Salt Lake Tribune, "SCOTUS nominee Amy Coney Barrett tied to faith group ex-members say subjugates women," 29 Sep. 2020 People of Praise was founded in South Bend, Indiana, in 1971 as part of the Catholic Pentecostal movement, a devout reaction to the free love, secular permissiveness and counterculture movements of the 1960s and early '70s. Michael Biesecker And Michelle R. Smith, Star Tribune, "Barrett tied to faith group ex-members say subjugates women," 28 Sep. 2020 Schutz’s seminars soon became notorious for their embrace of nudity, free love, and drugs. Beth Blum, The New Yorker, "The Radical History of Corporate Sensitivity Training," 24 Sep. 2020 But there’s considerably less access to free love in, say, rural areas. Gabrielle Smith, SELF, "9 Ways Non-Monogamous People Are Dealing With the Pandemic," 7 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of free love

1705, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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19 Feb 2021

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“Free love.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/free%20love. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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free love

noun

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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