(noun) The condition or practice of being married to multiple spouses at the same time, typically with the connotation of illegality.
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- Plural: bigamies
- Bigamy is the same as polygamy and used more commonly outside of the social sciences, particularly in law and is punishable as a crime in some locales.
- Bigamy used in a sentence: Pat is married to both Casey and Joey but the authorities found out and Pat has been charged with bigamy.
- Derived terms sentence: A (noun) bigamist (adverb) bigamously engages in a (adjective) bigamous or (adjective) bigamistic relationship.
- Word origin of “bigamy” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
- Coltrane, Scott. 2004. Families and Society: Classic and Contemporary Readings. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.
- What is Bigamy? – Wisegeek: Clear Answers for Common Questions: wisegeek.org
- common-law marriage
- open marriage
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How to Cite the Definition of Bigamy
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “bigamy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved March 26, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/bigamy/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
bigamy. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/bigamy/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “bigamy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed March 26, 2019. http://sociologydictionary.org/bigamy/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“bigamy.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 26 Mar. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/bigamy/>.