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[prom-i-skyoo-i-tee, proh-mi-] /ˌprɒm ɪˈskyu ɪ ti, ˌproʊ mɪ-/
noun, plural promiscuities for 3.
the state of being promiscuous.
promiscuous sexual behavior.
an indiscriminate mixture.
Origin of promiscuity
1840-50; promiscu(ous) + -ity; compare French promiscuité
Related forms
hyperpromiscuity, noun Unabridged
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  • But it's an unjustified leap to conclude that her promiscuity caused her depression.
  • Thespians and promiscuity remain connected even today.
  • In fact, bonobo promiscuity seems to be an example of this.
  • But their reputed promiscuity comes with obligations.
  • She used bed sheets borrowed from a hotel maid to signify her past promiscuity.
  • Licentiousness and promiscuity should be discouraged even if they cannot be prevented.
  • But this is not a return to the promiscuity of the boom.
  • For birds, the potential benefits of such promiscuity must outweigh the potential risks.
  • They increase their genetic contribution not by promiscuity but by nurturing.
  • But period promiscuity may be giving way to a new faithfulness.
British Dictionary definitions for promiscuity


promiscuous sexual behaviour
indiscriminate mingling, mixture, or confusion, as of parts or elements
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Word Origin and History for promiscuity

1834, "indiscriminate mixture," from French promiscuité (1752), from Latin promiscuus "mixed" (see promiscuous) + French -ité (see -ity). Sexual sense is from 1844. Earlier was promiscuousness (by 1773 general; 1808 sexual).

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