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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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To rectify the harms inflicted upon polygamously married immigrant women, the United States should adopt a more equitable stance, similar to the approaches taken in Canada and the United Kingdom.
In addition to removing polygamy from VAWA's calculus of good moral character, lawmakers should enable polygamously married women to reunite with their immigrant children.
(288) To remedy this harm, the United States should follow Canada's example by enabling polygamously married women to petition as derivative beneficiaries of their children's visas.
(320) See Rwezaura, Building a New Family Law, supra note 138, at 532 ("It seems that the reason why the application of section 144 of the LMA to polygamously married couples leads to such unsatisfactory results is that the section was drafted without consideration of couples who are polygamously married.").