polygamy

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noun po·lyg·a·my \-mē\

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

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polygamize

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First Known Use of polygamy

1538


POLYGAMY Defined for English Language Learners

polygamy

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Definition of polygamy for English Language Learners

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


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

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