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serial monogamy

Definition of Serial Monogamy

(noun) Having only one monogamous relationship at a time, but multiple partners throughout a lifetime due to death, divorce, or choice.

Examples of Serial Monogamy

Serial Monogamy Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: se·ri·al mo·nog·a·my

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /sIR-ee-uhl muh-nAHgUH-mee/
  • British English – /sIUH-riuhl muh-nOgUH-mee/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈsɪˌriəl məˈnɑgəmi/
  • British English – /ˈsɪərɪəl mɒˈnɒgəmi/

Usage Notes

  • A type of monogamy.
  • A (noun) serial monogamist participates in a (adjective) serially monogamous or (adjective) serially monogamistic relationship.

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Cite the Definition of Serial Monogamy

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “serial monogamy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 23, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/serial-monogamy/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

serial monogamy. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/serial-monogamy/

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “serial monogamy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 23, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/serial-monogamy/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“serial monogamy.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 23 Jun. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/serial-monogamy/>.