Paramour

Paramour (noun) – A lover. In polyamory you may have a romantic relationship with one or more lovers. Those lovers may or may not have romantic or platonic relationships with each other.

Example

Chris is in a romantic relationship with Dottie, and Chris is also in a romantic relationship with Dennis, Dawn, and Diva. All of them are Chris’ Paramours.

Polyamory

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.

Example

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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