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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
1815-25
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  • Ellen Key is a pronounced advocate of free-love and the dissolution of marriage.

    The Red Conspiracy Joseph J. Mereto
  • Or is it that this is a free-love town or a harem spot, or just a military post?

    The Moon is Green Fritz Reuter Leiber
  • Now in these later “prophecies” he still maintains, without wavering, the holiness of sex, but he no longer insists on free-love.

    William Blake Charles Gardner
  • Their social and religious views are terrible; free-love, atheism, everything that could bring ruin on the human race.

  • It need scarcely be added that free-love would in most cases begin with the voluntary dissolution of the marriage ties.

    The Red Conspiracy Joseph J. Mereto
  • For the next ten years Blake became the advocate of bodily liberty, indistinguishable from free-love.

    William Blake Charles Gardner
  • free-love was his particular hobby, though this, too, he regarded from a metaphysical rather than a practical point of view.

    A Girl Among the Anarchists Isabel Meredith
  • That this work on free-love might find a ready market among Socialists, Chas.

    The Red Conspiracy Joseph J. Mereto
  • Respectfully dedicated to the ladies of the free-love Pantarchy.

  • For many years the platforms of the country rang with talk about a free-love millennium.

    The Wedding Ring T. De Witt Talmage
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
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