polygamy

(noun) Any condition or practice that consists of multiple spouses at the same time.

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  • Polygamy, specifically polygyny and polyandry, as a marital norm is compared and contrasted monogamy.
  • Monogamy is still prevalent in societies and cultures that allow or promote polygamy as typically only the wealthy can afford multiple spouses.
  • A type of polyamory.
  • Also called plural marriage.
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  • Polygamy used in a sentence: We enjoy polygamy.
  • A (noun) polygamist engages in a (adjective) polygamous or (adjective) polygamistic relationship.

 

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