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open marriage

a marriage in which the partners agree that each is free to have sexual relationships with other partners.
Origin of open marriage
First recorded in 1970-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Such was the blended truth, irony, and wit with which Héloïse dissuaded Abélard from open marriage.

  • Agnes preferred an open marriage as least in consequences, and involving every trouble in the brave outset.

    Bohemian Days Geo. Alfred Townsend
  • Uncle Richard, if that clandestine marriage with Sarah Pepper was valid, why the open marriage five months later?

    Crestlands Mary Addams Bayne
British Dictionary definitions for open marriage

open marriage

a marriage in which the partners are free to pursue their own social and sexual lives
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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