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promiscuity

(prŏm′ĭ-skyo͞o′ĭ-tē, prō′mĭ-)
n. pl. promiscui·ties
The state or character of being promiscuous.
Molecular biology The ability of a molecule with a conformational specificity—e.g., a receptor, enzyme or antibody—to bind to various non-specific ligands, substrates or antigens
Sexology The engageing in multiple and indiscriminate sexual relationships

promiscuity

Social medicine The engaging in multiple and indiscriminate sexual relationships

promiscuity

A loose term for sexual promiscuity-a common pattern of behaviour in which sex is valued for its variety and immediate gratifications rather than as one of the important bases for a long-term relationship. Some psychologists equate promiscuity with social immaturity; others hold it to be unrelated. Promiscuity has always carried penalties of some kind, often in the form of sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhoea, herpes and Chlamydial infections. In an AIDS context, these have become much more significant.
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The term homo is used in its loosest sense--LTTR explicitly refuses strict self-definitions--and this expanded meaning is quickly discerned in the journal's makeup: LTTR's critical promiscuity emphasizes bringing different bodies together across race, gender, and generation.
Much promiscuity involves populations in which it is traditionally thought to be rare: high school students from relatively affluent homes and preadolescent children.
We're not promoting promiscuity, we're promoting safe sex," Chief Pharmacist Sharon Peppler told the Associated Press.
For those who argue that this would only increase promiscuity they must face the reality that it is already on the increase.
Many Saudis reduce "globalization" to a distorted aggregate of alcohol imports, online gambling, and promiscuity.
Michael Charo Ruwa, secretary-general of the Kenya Episcopal Conference, said importing the condoms implies that the government sanctions promiscuity.
The sexual promiscuity and cynical marriage market of the time are portrayed with withering accuracy.
Many sections of the medical world have welcomed the new emergency contraceptive - but a pro-family group warned it would encourage promiscuity among teenagers.
The rest -- its drift, its criminality, its promiscuity, its drug abuse -- inevitably followed.
The assumption that homosexuality equals promiscuity, and that all gay people think about is sex, was never exposed or debunked.
It can result in loss of employment, alienation of friends and family, reckless behavior, including promiscuity and excessive spending, and can require hospitalization to prevent harm to oneself or to others.
Why promiscuity exists in monogamous species is "one of the biggest remaining enigmas in evolutionary ecology," said Jane Reid, a research fellow at the University of Aberdeen and one of the study's authors.