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The fact or practice of being romantically or sexually involved with more than one person with the knowledge and consent of all parties.

[poly- + Latin amor, love; see amorous + -y.]

pol′y·am′o·rous adj.


the practice of openly having more than one intimate relationship at a time
ˌpolyˈamorous adj
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168) In another, a polyamorist comments about Jay, "We
If you need labels to understand a human being's sexuality," Samia writes, "you could say I'm a gender-bent pansexual polyamorist.
For many years she was also a wife in an interracial marriage to a white gay man and an unapologetic bisexual polyamorist, maintaining at least two intimate relationships at any given time.
In this realm of ego psychology, therefore, a second implication for me, and one that is built on the back of the first, is that, regardless of his or her particular sexual and gender identity and orientation, every leatherman or leatherwoman, every infantilist, fetishist, and polyamorist, every person wrestling with questions of coming out, every gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, queer, heterosexual, or straight person: everyone brings concerns to the therapeutic process that are unique because Everyone brings concerns to the therapeutic dialogue that are simply human: the minority of one again.
After passage of the [American] Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, an article appeared in Loving More, the flagship magazine of the polyamory movement, calling for the creation of a polyamorist rights movement modeled on the movement for gay rights.
No matter how many polyamorists there are today, old-fashioned adultery seems to have risen among older Americans," Wolfinger says.
Now it occurs to her to start looking around for some alternative--hence her adventures among the Chaturbaters, the orgasmic meditators, the BDSM performers, the Burning Man polyamorists.
The Polyamorists Next Door: Inside Multiple-Partner Relationships and Families considers the phenomenon of polyamoris families, in which people hold emotional and sexual relationships with multiple people at the same time with the support of their partners, and is a fine discussion of how these relationships work.
One of the arguments used by both swingers and polys (as polyamorists are known) is that the prevalence of cheating among married couples is high and that this element of cheating is absent with swinging and polyamory.
He also rejected arguments by intervening organizations representing polyamorists and civil libertarians, who argued that Section 293 of the Criminal Code is overly broad and criminalizes consenting adults.
They are a growing movement in the United States (apparently there are about half a million polyamorists there) and also participate in Pride parades to highlight the legitimacy of their cause.