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committed relationship is an interpersonal relationship based upon a mutually agreed-upon commitment to one another involving exclusivity, honesty, openness, or some other agreed-upon behavior. Forms of committed relationships are: close friendship, courtship, long-term relationships (LTR), engagement, marriage, polyamory, and civil unions. The term is most commonly used with informal relationships, such as "going steady," but may encompass any relationship where an expressed commitment is involved.
Terms related to committed relationship include:
monogamy: having a single long-term sexual partner
marriage: a legal and spiritual binding between two people that stretches beyond the boundaries of a committed relationship. [1 ]
sexual infidelity: having a sexual relationship outside of a relationship that includes a commitment to have no other sexual partners
sexual fidelity: not having other sexual partners other than one's committed partner, even temporarily
serial monogamy: having a series of monogamous relationships, one after the other
open relationship: a commitment to a partner without excluding other romantic or sexual involvement
polygamy: having multiple long-term sexual partners
polyandry: having multiple long-term male sexual partners
polygyny: having multiple long-term female sexual partners
polyamory: encompasses a wide range of relationships, including those above: polyamorous relationships may include both committed and casual relationships
promiscuity: having casual sexual partners at will (compare with chastity)
relationship anarchy (or relationship activism): having relationships that do not need to be guided by any predetermined rules or norms, but rather can be developed as an agreement between those involved.
References [ edit ]
^ Bell, Rob (2007). Sex God. Michigan: Zondervan. pp. 39–41. ISBN 978-0-310-26346-3.
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