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polygamy

 [pah-lig´ah-me]
the practice of having two or more spouses at one time.

polygamy

(pə-lĭg′ə-mē)
n.
1. The condition or practice of having more than one spouse at one time.
2. Zoology A mating pattern in which a single individual mates with more than one individual of the opposite sex.

polygamy

A marriage comprised of more than two partners.

polygamy

Marriage to more than one spouse, simultaneously.

polygamy

a mating system of animals in which one sexual partner mates with several of the opposite sex (see POLYANDRY, POLYGYNY). Polygyny is the most common form, and would seem to be present when one parent (usually the male) does not play a large part in rearing the young.
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The denigration of polygamous marriage among Africans was spread mainly through literary texts that were dramatized at schools and churches, and later by radio and television.
"The reality is women tend to be the victims of domestic violence in a polygamous marriage -- polygamy is a form of violence against women," she said.
For instance, men have been reported as the perpetrators of the problems and violence that polygamous families go through (Al-Krenawi et al., 2006; Gumani & Sodi, 2009).
That may just be the tip of the iceberg, say Lavi activists, who note that Israeli state Sharia courts, administered by the Ministry of Religion, often enable polygamists by giving tacit acceptance of fake divorces when validating what are in practice polygamous marriages.
The law has been applauded by some as it formally recognises polygamous unions, which had previously not been regarded as typical marriages.
laws by the polygamous spouses who may be best positioned to succeed:
(4) Less familiar are the polygamous African-American Muslims who live in Philadelphia and other cities along the East Coast.
Kody and his wives -- Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn -- said they hope the landmark ruling stands and enables other polygamous families in Utah to live open and free without fear.
For example, polygamy's critics frequently highlight the sexual exploitation of underage girls and the general inequality and abuse women face in polygamous communities to underscore polygamy's immorality.
Bridge Cook's THE WITNESS WORE RED: THE 19TH WIFE WHO BROUGHT POLYGAMOUS CULT LEADERS TO JUSTICE (9781478924586, $30.00) provides a fine memoir read by the author and telling of how she grew up in fear, living downstairs from her father's 'real' family and hiding her family's polygamous lifestyle from the outside world.
He also believes that polygamy harms not only children but also men, setting poorer men against their richer brothers who can afford to collect many women as "wives." The book also describes how, in polygamous societies, many young men have little hope of having a family.
In Malawi, women in polygamous marriages are less likely than their counterparts in monogamous marriages to use modern contraceptives, surveillance data from more than 2,500 couples indicate.' The proportion of women who wanted to stop childbearing was higher among those in polygamous marriages than among those in monogamous unions (54% vs.