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polygamy

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noun po·lyg·a·my \-mē\

Simple Definition of polygamy

  • : the state or practice of being married to more than one person at the same time

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of polygamy

  1. 1 :  marriage in which a spouse of either sex may have more than one mate at the same time — compare polyandry, polygyny

  2. 2 :  the state of being polygamous

polygamist play \-mist\ noun
polygamize play \-ˌmīz\ intransitive verb

Circa 1591

First Known Use of polygamy

circa 1591


Medical Dictionary

polygamy

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noun po·lyg·a·my \-mē\

Medical Definition of polygamy

plural polygamies

  1. :  marriage in which a spouse of either sex may have more than one mate at the same time—compare polyandry, polygyny




Law Dictionary

polygamy

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noun po·lyg·a·my \pə-ˈli-gə-mē\

Legal Definition of polygamy

  1. :  the offense of having several and specifically more than two spouses at one time — compare bigamy

polygamous \-məs\ play adjective




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