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open marriage

noun
1.
a marriage in which the partners agree that each is free to have sexual relationships with other partners.
Origin of open marriage
1970-1975
1970-75
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  • Agnes preferred an open marriage as least in consequences, and involving every trouble in the brave outset.

    Bohemian Days Geo. Alfred Townsend
  • Such was the blended truth, irony, and wit with which Héloïse dissuaded Abélard from open marriage.

  • 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

noun
1.
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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