Definition of monogamy in English:


Syllabification: mo·nog·a·my
Pronunciation: /məˈnägəmē


  • 1The practice or state of being married to one person at a time.
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    • Sociobiologists would say marriage pattern - whether a society allows polygynous and monogamous marriage, or only monogamy.
    • Senegal's 1973 family code obligates grooms to register their intentions at the time of the first marriage - opting for monogamy, limited polygamy with two wives, or full polygamy.
    • Serial monogamy is a common marriage pattern and polygyny is practised by a few.
  • 1.1The practice or state of having a sexual relationship with only one partner.
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    • Marriage is as much a promise of fiscal partnership as of sexual monogamy.
    • In today's society, AIDS is a reality and as such, sexual monogamy should be the rule.
    • The more likely explanation is that developmental changes occurred that involved greater solidifying of romantic relationships, making stable monogamy more possible.
  • 1.2 Zoology The habit of having only one mate at a time.
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    • Indeed, that male often initiates the nest, giving a strong impression of behavioral monogamy.
    • Social monogamy is the prevailing mating system in the vast majority of passeriform birds, but there is some variation among lineages.
    • In the population of Tasmanian native hens that we studied, monogamy was the most frequent mating pattern, followed by polyandry, with polygyny and polygynandry the least frequent.



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  • Although people are less likely to marry their first sexual partner nowadays, they are often serial monogamists, enjoying one long-term relationship after another.
  • Burns himself is great as Tommy, the serial monogamist who's trying to stay ethical against all odds.
  • Within the last twelve months, 32 / 23% of the self-defined monogamists had more than one sexual partner.


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  • I think that we can agree that there is great value in monogamous relationships of loving commitment.
  • In most monogamous societies, a substantial portion of wealth is bequeathed to daughters.
  • For instance, how does one reconcile polygamy in a monogamous society?


Pronunciation: /-məslē/
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  • My resolution for this year is to go out on at least one date a month until I meet one girl that I want to date monogamously.
  • Both monogamously and polygynously mated males incubated and did not differ in the mean duration of incubation.
  • As expected for monogamously mated birds, there was no difference in breeding success between the sexes.


early 17th century: from French monogamie, via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek monogamia, from monos 'single' + gamos 'marriage'.

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