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Encyclopedia > Poly relationship

Poly relationship (from 'polygamy', 'polyamory' et al.) is a blanket term covering forms of interpersonal relationship in which some or all participants have multiple marital, sexual, and/or romantic partners. Such relationships are also sometimes termed nonmonogamous. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Polyamory, in its broadest usage, is the practice or lifestyle of being open to having more than one loving, intimate relationship at a time, with the full knowledge and consent of all partners involved. ... A blanket term is a word or phrase that is used to describe multiple groups of related things. ... This article is in need of attention. ... A marriage is a committed relationship between or among individuals, recognized by civil authority and/or bound by the religious beliefs of the participants. ... This article is about the issues and phenomena pertaining to human sexual function and behavior. ... Romantic love is a form of love that is often regarded as different from mere needs driven by sexual desire, or lust. ...


Forms of poly relationships, described in more detail at their respective pages, include:

  • polygyny, in which men have multiple wives
  • polyandry, in which women have multiple husbands
  • polygamy, a term encompassing either of the above (but generally not both within the same relationship)
  • plural marriage, a form of polygyny associated with the 19th-century Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and with present-day splinter groups from that faith
  • group marriage (also termed polygynandry), in which several people form a single family unit, with all considered to be married to one another
  • Line families, a form of group marriage intended to outlive its original members by ongoing addition of new spouses
  • PolyFamilies, similar to group marriage, but some members may not consider themselves married to all other members
  • polyamory, in which participants have multiple romantic partners
  • polyfidelity, in which participants have multiple partners but restrict sexual activity to within a certain group
  • Open marriage, or open relationships, in which one or both members of a committed couple are sexually active with other partners
  • swinging, similar to open relationships, but commonly conducted as an organised social activity
  • group sex and orgies involving more than two participants at the same time
  • ménage à trois, a sexual (or sometimes domestic) arrangement involving three people

Many of these terms are flexible in definition, because the boundaries between sexual attraction and romantic love are not sharply defined. In addition, usage creates distinctions beyond the raw definitions of the words. Thus, even though some relationships might technically be considered both polygamous and polyamorous, 'polygamy' usually signifies a codified form of multiple marriage, based on established religious teachings, while 'polyamory' is based on the preferences of the participants rather than established precedent. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Plural marriage (also sometimes called celestial marriage or spiritual wifery) is a type of polygamy that was practiced by Joseph Smith, Jr. ... The Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the largest attraction in the citys Temple Square. ... Group marriage or Circle Marriage is a form of marriage in which more than one man and more than one woman form a family unit, and all members of the marriage share parental responsibility for any children arising from the marriage. ... PolyFamilies are polyamorous families. ... Polyamory, in its broadest usage, is the practice or lifestyle of being open to having more than one loving, intimate relationship at a time, with the full knowledge and consent of all partners involved. ... Polyfidelity, a form of polyamory, is the restricting of ones sexual activities nonpreferentially to a single group of people, each of whom follows the same rules and has sex only within the group. ... An open marriage, in its broadest usage, is any marriage wherein both parties agree to permit sexual relationships for one or both outside the marriage, without regarding this as sexual infidelity. ... Swinging, sometimes referred to in North America as the swinging lifestyle or simply The Lifestyle (although this simplified term is also used by people into Leather and BDSM), includes a wide range of sexual activities conducted between three or more people. ... Peter Fendi, 1835 Group sex is sexual behaviour involving more than two participants at the same time. ... Look up Orgy in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A ménage à trois is a relationship or domestic arrangement in which three people, often a married couple and another lover, live together or are romantically or sexually involved. ...


The term 'poly relationship' is generally used only where all participants acknowledge the relationship as nonmonogamous. Thus, it is not applied where one person has multiple partners due to infidelity. In a religious context, infidelity is an absence of faith in the beliefs or teachings of a religion, such that one who lacks such faith is an infidel. ...


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Poly relationship - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (365 words)
Poly relationship (from 'polygamy', 'polyamory' et al.) is a blanket term covering forms of interpersonal relationship in which some or all participants have multiple marital, sexual, and/or romantic partners.
Thus, even though some relationships might technically be considered both polygamous and polyamorous, 'polygamy' usually signifies a codified form of multiple marriage, based on established religious teachings, while 'polyamory' is based on the preferences of the participants rather than established precedent.
The term 'poly relationship' is generally used only where all participants acknowledge the relationship as nonmonogamous.
Polyamory - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (5287 words)
A relationship that requires deception, or where partners are not allowed to express their individual lives, is often seen as a poor model for a relationship.
Parents involved in polyamorous relationships often keep this status a secret because of the risk that their polyamory will be used by an ex-spouse or other family member as grounds to deprive them of custody of and/or access to their children, much as homosexuality has been used in the past.
Not all relationships with multiple partners are in fact "polyamorous" within the definition of the term, and many relationships with multiple partners are not built on the basis of trust, maturity, and common intent that polyamorists consider essential to support negotiated relationships successfully.
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