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The state of having multiple sexually or romantically committed relationships at the same time, with the consent of all partners involved.
Polyamorous communities emphasize love and honesty in their multi-partner relationships.”
“My polyamorous friend got me in a mess of trouble again” - Breaking Benjamin “Polyamorous”
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Means "Many Loves". It means having multiple commited relationships with people you are mutally in love with, and everyone wants it to be that way.

This is not to be confused with swinging or multiple relationships, where you are sleeping with the other people or they are friends with bennies, whom you love. That is called non-monogamy, and to say it is polyamory is a lie.
"I told Brad I'm in love with him, and my husband Rick is very happy for us."
"That's cheating!"
"No, we're polyamorous. You can only cheat on rules that exist. We don't have an agreement to be exclusive. But an example of me cheating would be to not tell Rick that I'm in love, because the rule of honesty is right up there with the rule that the primary relationship comes first"
"I could never do that. I'm too jealous"
"Then don't."
"Are you sleeping with both these guys?"
"Now that I'm in love with both of them, yes. But you don't have to be having sex to be polyamorous, because what it means is that you are mutually in love with more than one person at a time. Most people do sleep with those they love, but sex is not what makes you poly"
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when you date/ are married to multiple people at a time
person 1: hey, how is your wife?
person 2: which one? Jolene or Hannah?
person 1: wait? you have more than one wife? isnt that cheating?
person 2: nah, its called being polyamorous
person 1: uhm no, its called being a cheater
person 1: if youre married to two people at a time, its called cheating! does Jolene even know youre maried to Hannah?!
person 2: yup! and she is okay with it! she has her other husband as well!
person 2: the only way fot these relationships to work is honesty, so we tell eachother everything
person 1: wow, okay then, sorry i judged you
person 2: its cool...
person 2: and Jolene and Hannah are fine by the way
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Polyamorous is an adjective used to describe a broad non-monogamous practice. Monogamy is the practice of committing your heart to one person exclusivly. Non-monogamy is everything else including slutting around, polyfuckery, cheating, dating, polygamy to name but a few of the practically infinite ways you can be non-monogamous. What sets polyamory apart are three essential ingredients; romantic/sexual love, commitment and transparency.

To practice polyamory, all three ingredients must be present. Loving your partner/s with your whole heart, being committed to the ideals of loving them and being open and honest with them in at least relation to any other loves, sexual and romantic relationships you are in, and being respectful of each other and your respective relationships.

The practice emphasises ethical relationships, self-control and taking personal responsibility for your actions, as opposed to trying to deceive, control or blame others.
People like to claim they are polyamorous as an excuse to be dishonest, non-committed, selfish assholes in their relationships, this is not polyamory this is polyfuckery.
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being in love with more than one person; having multiple loving relationships with all parties in the know and perfectly happy
that hot pocket sure has a polyamorous relationship going on, three boys and three girls are ok sharing her!
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A combination of two words: The Greek word "poly" meaning more than one / many, and the latin word "amor" meaning love.) Meaning when a person loves more than one person romantically.

The emphasis is on the word "love" which differentiates the term from similar types like open or slut although those types often use the term "polyamorous" or "poly" to define themselves; usually incorrectly.

Polyamorous people love the people they sleep with in the same way monogomous couples love each other and are also loyal/faithful to their partners in the same way. Being poly requires open honestly between all involved to fit the accepted definition of polyamory.

Poly is not purely defined by sex alone. A poly person can love two people dearly while only having sex with one of the people involved. For example: A man with two girlfriends who love each other without jealous feelings and who sleep with him but not each other; all involved are polyamorous.

Not the same as, but closely related to, being a polygamist which is strictly defined by marriage and not just love. When polyamorous couples get married they are then polygamists.
"So are you actually polyamorous or are you just a slut?"
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