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free love

noun
1.
the doctrine or practice of having sexual relations or living together without legal marriage or continuing obligation.
Origin of free love
1815-1825
First recorded in 1815-25
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  • Khalid is there alone; and her free love can freely pass on from him to another.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • Can these habitudes be the habitudes of free love, or what are they?

  • free love was the only beautiful relationship that could exist between the sexes.

    To Love Margaret Peterson
  • The only conceivable substitutes are free love and celibacy.

    Distributive Justice

    John A. (John Augustine) Ryan
  • Ibsen holds no brief for free love, or for diseased mental states.

    Iconoclasts

    James Huneker
  • Free money, free rent, free love and a free lay church in a free lay state.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • Imlays secession from Mary countenanced this view of free love.

    The Real Shelley, Vol. II (of 2) John Cordy Jeaffreson
  • My doctrine is the exact opposite of what is known as free love.

British Dictionary definitions for free love

free love

noun
1.
the practice of sexual relationships without fidelity to a single partner or without formal or legal ties
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