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Monogamy is a form o relationship in which an individual haes anly ane pairtner during his or her lifetime or at ony ane time (serial monogamy), as compared tae polygyny, polyandry, or polyamory.[1] The term is an aa applee'd tae the social behaviour o some ainimals, referrin tae the state o havin anly ane mate at ony ane time.

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  1. Cf. "Monogamy" in Britannica World Language Dictionary, R.C. Preble (ed.), Oxford-London 1962, p. 1275:1. The practice or principle of marrying only once. opp. to digamy now rare 2. The condition, rule or custom of being married to only one person at a time (opp. to polygamy or bigamy) 1708. 3. Zool. The habit of living in pairs, or having only one mate; The same text repeats The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, W. Little, H.W. Fowler, J. Coulson (ed.), C.T. Onions (rev. & ed.,) Oxford 1969, 3rd edition, vol.1, p.1275; OED Online. March 2010. Oxford University Press. 23 Jun. 2010 Cf. Monogamy in Merriam-Webster Dictionary