Any relationship structure that is not monogamous. This can include polyamory, relationship anarchy, swinging, or any romantic or sexual connection that allows for other romantic or sexual connections.
Robin and Charlie are married to each other and have an open relationship. Robin occasionally has sex with Ryley. Charlie has a long-term romantic relationship with Jaylin.
A relationship style in which the relationships with multiple partners stay very separate. Metamours don’t frequently interact. It is, perhaps, the opposite of kitchen table polyamory.
Polya is a proposed replacement for poly, as a shortened version of polyamorous.
Polyam is a proposed replacement for poly, as a shortened version of polyamorous.
Polyamorist (noun) – A person who practices polyamory.
Dennis is married to Dawn. Dennis and Dawn are both romantically involved with Chris. Dennis, Dawn, and Chris are all polyamorists.
Polyamorous (adjective) describing something as being related to polyamory.
This is a polyamorous dictionary. It may benefit people engaged in polyamorous relationships.
Polyamory (noun) – The practice of having, or being open to having, more than one romantic partner. Polyamory is typically characterized as consensual non-monogamy, where all partners involved enter into the arrangement as an explicit choice.
Dennis is married to Dawn, but also is romantically involved with Chris. Dawn has full knowledge of the relationship between Dennis and Chris and Chris knows that Dennis and Dawn are married.
Polysaturated (adjective) Describes the condition of having the maximum number of partners that one wants or can handle. Wanting no more partners.
I enjoyed having two partners, and was open to one more. After starting a relationship with a third partner, I was feeling polysaturated.
Relationship Anarchy (RA) is an approach to relating inspired by the document “The short instructional manifesto for relationship anarchy” by Andie Nordgren.
The premise is that each relationship is unique and the people in that relationship get to define it. RA rejects traditional hierarchical models, in which certain types of relationship, such as lovers, are considered more important than other types, such as friendships.
A commonly held belief that romantic relationships should progress through stages, such as: dating, exclusive dating, engaged, living together, married, owning property, and having children. The term is often used by people who choose not to pursue this progression.