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promiscuous

[ pruh-mis-kyoo-uhs ]
/ prəˈmɪs kyu əs /
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adjective

characterized by or involving indiscriminate mingling or association, especially having sexual relations with a number of partners on a casual basis.
consisting of parts, elements, or individuals of different kinds brought together without order.
indiscriminate; without discrimination.
casual; irregular; haphazard.
2 mixed, confused, jumbled; motley.

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Origin of promiscuous

First recorded in 1595–1605; from Latin prōmiscuus “mixed up,” equivalent to prō-pro-1 + misc(ēre) “to mix” + -uus adjective suffix; see mix, -ous
2. See miscellaneous.
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British Dictionary definitions for promiscuous

promiscuous
/ (prəˈmɪskjʊəs) /

adjective

indulging in casual and indiscriminate sexual relationships
consisting of a number of dissimilar parts or elements mingled in a confused or indiscriminate manner
indiscriminate in selection
casual or heedless
promiscuously, adverbpromiscuousness, noun
C17: from Latin prōmiscuus indiscriminate, from pro- 1 + miscēre to mix
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