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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.
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the practice of openly having more than one intimate relationship at a time
ˌpolyˈamorous adj
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