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.
Polycutie (noun) – When a pair of lovers come upon a shared lover in a high state of adorability.
Chris says to Dennis on encountering a reclined Dottie, “oh look at that polycutie.”
A relationship style in which a closed group of people share romantic and/or sexual connection inside the group only.
Polypile (noun) – A group of three or more lovers showing each other affection.
Last night Chris, Dawn, Diva, and Dennis where in one big polypile.
Polypuddle (noun) – A group of three or more lovers relaxing after an intense physical or emotional experience.
After the polypile the entire polycule collapsed into a polypuddle.
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.