pair bond

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pair bond

n.
The temporary or permanent association formed between two animals during courtship and mating.

pair′-bond′ v.

pair bond

n
(Zoology) the exclusive relationship formed between a male and a female, esp in some species of animals and birds during courtship and breeding
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In doing so, negative emotions provide the motivation for social behavioral adjustments that can still keep the human pairbond together in maintaining their reproductive investment, when deeply rooted differences in optimal short-term mating strategies might otherwise tear them apart.
We propose the apparent pairbond formed by male prairie voles is an attempt to mate-guard to insure paternity.
Although the rodents seem to pairbond for life, a female will take a new partner if the male dies, for example, notes Tilghman.