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Monogamy vs. Polygamy

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Monogamynoun

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

Polygamynoun

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

Monogamynoun

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

Polygamynoun

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.’;

Monogamynoun

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.

Polygamynoun

(zoology) 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.’;

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Monogamynoun

State of being paired with a single mate.

Polygamynoun

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

Monogamynoun

having only one spouse at a time

Polygamynoun

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.

Monogamynoun

the practice of marrying or state of being married to one person at a time

‘Judaism has journeyed from polygamy to strict monogamy’;

Polygamynoun

The state or habit of having more than one mate.

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Monogamynoun

the practice or state of having a sexual relationship with only one partner

‘younger men were more likely to stray, saying monogamy was outdated’;

Polygamynoun

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

Monogamynoun

the habit of having only one mate at a time

‘monogamy is rare in most animal groups, but is common among birds’;

Polygamynoun

having more than one spouse at a time

Monogamy

Monogamy ( mə-NOG-ə-mee) is a form of dyadic relationship in which an individual has only one partner during their lifetime—alternately, only one partner at any one time (serial monogamy)—as compared to non-monogamy (e.g., polygamy or polyamory). The term is also applied to the social behavior of some animals, referring to the state of having only one mate at any one time.

Polygamy

Polygamy (from Late Greek πολυγαμία, polygamía, ) is the practice of marrying multiple spouses. When a man is married to more than one wife at the same time, sociologists call this polygyny.

‘state of marriage to many spouses’;

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