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Definition of Open Relationship

(noun) A romantic or sexual relationship in which each individual is free to enter into romantic or sexual relationships with others.

Open Relationship Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: o·pen re·la·tion·ship

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /OH-puhn ri-lAY-shuhn-ship/
  • British English – /OH-puhn ri-lAY-shuhn-ship/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈoʊpən riˈleɪʃənˌʃɪp/
  • British English – /ˈəʊpən rɪˈleɪʃənʃɪp/

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Cite the Definition of Open Relationship

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “open relationship.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 22, 2020 (https://sociologydictionary.org/open-relationship/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

open relationship. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/open-relationship/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “open relationship.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 22, 2020. https://sociologydictionary.org/open-relationship/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“open relationship.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 22 Oct. 2020. <https://sociologydictionary.org/open-relationship/>.