Open Relationship

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.

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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.

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Relationship Anarchy

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.

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