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Monogamy vs. Polygamy

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Main Difference

The main difference between Monogamy and Polygamy is that the Monogamy is a Relationship form where each individual has only one partner during their lifetime or at any one time and Polygamy is a practice of marrying multiple spouses.

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Wikipedia
  • Monogamy (noun)

    A form of sexual bonding involving a permanent pair bond between two beings.

    "polygamy"

  • Monogamy (noun)

    The practise of being married to one person as opposed to multiple.

    "polygamy"

  • Polygamy (noun)

    The condition of having more than one spouse or marriage partner at one time.

  • Polygamy (noun)

    Specifically, polygyny, the marriage of a man to more than one wife, or the practice of having several wives, at the same time.

    "The Islamic form of polygamy is a husband with up to four wives."

  • Polygamy (noun)

    The state or habit of having more than one sexual mate.

    "An insect queen actually practices polygamy only one day, while for an alpha-male defending his harem is the very essence of both his status and polygamy."

  • Polygamy (noun)

    The condition or state of a plant which bears both perfect and unisexual flowers.

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Oxford Dictionary
  • Monogamy (noun)

    Single marriage; marriage with but one person, husband or wife, at the same time; - opposed to polygamy. Also, one marriage only during life; - opposed to deuterogamy.

  • Monogamy (noun)

    State of being paired with a single mate.

  • Polygamy (noun)

    The having of a plurality of wives or husbands at the same time; usually, the marriage of a man to more than one woman, or the practice of having several wives, at the same time; - opposed to monogamy; as, the nations of the East practiced polygamy. See the Note under Bigamy, and cf. Polyandry.

  • Polygamy (noun)

    The state or habit of having more than one mate.

  • Polygamy (noun)

    The condition or state of a plant which bears both perfect and unisexual flowers.

Webster Dictionary
  • Monogamy (noun)

    having only one spouse at a time

  • Polygamy (noun)

    having more than one spouse at a time

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