Polygamy vs. Polyamory

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Main Difference

The main difference between Polygamy and Polyamory is that the Polygamy is a practice of marrying multiple spouses and Polyamory is a practice of or desire for intimate relationships with more than one partner, with the knowledge of all partners; consensual, ethical, and responsible non-monogamy.

  • 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.

  • Polyamory (noun)

    Any of various practices involving romantic or sexual relationships with multiple partners with the knowledge and consent of all involved.

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