Our Definition

A style of Ethical Non-monogamy involving the practice of, or desire for, intimate (often romantic and/or sexual) relationships with more than one partner, with the informed consent of all partners involved.

Real Life Examples

Brunhilda, Bob, and Bessie have a committed relationship with one another. 

Gerald and Deryl are married but each of them has other partners 

Yessi considers polyamory to be an important part of their identity, similar to orientation. 

Common Practices

Everyone is different! You'll see this repeated throughout our website and glossary. Common polyamory practices include, but certainly aren't limited to:

  • Emphasis on communication between all partners or prospective partners
  • An awareness that one-size does not fit all for relationships
  • Focus on getting one’s needs met by having a variety of partners who may be capable of meeting different needs.
  • Identifying with polyamory regardless of current partners, similar to orientation. 

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Got a beef with our definition?

Of course we don't speak for everyone! If you feel we are missing additional info, context, facts, history, or data, please email us and let us know!

While we can't promise every suggestion will make it, we'll always be working to keep this glossary thorough and inclusive!