(noun) A type of marriage in which a man has multiple wives at the same time.
Example: The Mormon Church or the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) initially encouraged men to have multiple wives. However, the practice was banned in 1890 when Utah applied for statehood in the United States but the practice continues in some fundamentalist sects of the LDS.
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- Sororal polygyny is when two sisters are the wives of one man.
- A type of polyamory and polygamy.
- A (noun) polygynist engages in a (adjective) polygynous or (adjective) polygynistic relationship.
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Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “polygyny.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 12, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/polygyny/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
polygyny. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/polygyny/
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MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“polygyny.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 12 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/polygyny/>.