Defined as a liberal way of practicing dating. Someone who engages in casual dating will often have numerous sexual partners at the same time as having a partner who they reference as their ‘boyfriend’ or ‘girlfriend’.
‘Casual dating’ can also be used to describe the initial stages of the dating process before an official title has been given to a relationship.
Ernie and Whitney were in the early stages of seeing each other. When their friends asked if they were ‘boyfriend and girlfriend’ they were quick to explain that they were just casual dating, and it wasn’t anything serious, yet.