non·​mo·​nog·​a·​mous ˌnän-mə-ˈnä-gə-məs How to pronounce nonmonogamous (audio)
: not of, relating to, or practicing monogamy : not monogamous
nonmonogamous couples
a nonmonogamous relationship

Examples of nonmonogamous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Can a monogamous couple happily become nonmonogamous? Sam Carr, CNN, 10 Apr. 2023 Somerville secured its place as a supportive hub for people in polyamorous relationships Thursday night when the City Council unanimously approved an antidiscrimination ordinance to protect people in polyamorous and other consensually nonmonogamous relationships. Meredith Goldstein,, 23 Mar. 2023 As the nuclear family became the basic unit of American life, Schloss’s circle was aggressively nonmonogamous, with many bisexual members—including her husband, Rudy Burckhardt, who kept up an affair with Edwin Denby, a dance critic and translator, during the entire 18 years of their relationship. Max Holleran, The New Republic, 14 Dec. 2021 An ethically nonmonogamous relationship involves two people who identify as a couple but who are not committed to a traditional relationship, according to sexologist Yvonne Fulbright. Ian Kerner, CNN, 19 Feb. 2023 Proudly nonmonogamous, well-read and quite frankly, ripped, Noah’s solitude is a choice. Robert Daniels, Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonmonogamous was in 1887

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“Nonmonogamous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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