open marriage

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open marriage (countable and uncountable, plural open marriages)

  1. A marital relationship in which each partner agrees that the other partner may have sexual relations with other people as he or she sees fit.
    • 1973 Jan. 8, "The Sexes: Swinging Future," Time:
      "Most people have been married more than once, and adultery is universally tolerated. Open marriage would simply legitimize what we already live."
    • 2002 Aug. 22, Barbara Whitaker, "Neighbor Guilty of Murder Of Girl, 7, in San Diego," New York Times (retrieved 5 Aug 2011):
      Both said they had an open marriage, having sexual relations with others.


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