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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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To test this prediction, repeated measures was used to compare the mean scores for promiscuity type (overt promiscuity, subtle promiscuity, and no promiscuity) for male and female vignettes by sex and relationship status.
First, we constructed and used behavior statements from one-word traits for positive and negative nonsexual behavior to ensure that our behavior statements and promiscuity cues were of comparable length (see Preliminary Study below).
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The collection has been ordered in modern times, but even so you can glean a sense of the collector's marvellous promiscuity as you move down the length of its two halls, from African masks to a stuffed walrus.
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