Committed relationship

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A committed relationship is an interpersonal relationship based upon agreed-upon commitment to one another involving love, trust, honesty, openness, or some other behavior. Forms of committed relationships include close friendship, long-term relationships, engagement, marriage, and civil unions.

Non-romantic and/or non-sexual committed relationships[edit]

Committed romantic and/or sexual relationships[edit]

  • Marriage: a legal, religious, and social binding between people.[1]
  • Monogamy: having a single long-term romantic and sexual partner
    • Ménage à trois: having a domestic arrangement with three people sharing romantic or sexual relations; typically a traditional marriage along with another committed individual, usually a woman[2]
  • Polyamory: encompasses a wide range of relationships; polyamorous relationships may include both committed and casual relationships.
  • Group marriage: marital arrangement where three or more adults enter into marriage
  • Sexual fidelity: not having other sexual partners other than one's committed partner, even temporarily

See also[edit]

  • Hookup culture: a culture encouraging numerous and sometimes anonymous sexual partners
  • Sexual infidelity: having a sexual relationship without a commitment to have no other sexual partners
  • Serial monogamy: having a series of monogamous relationships, one after the other
  • Open relationship: having a partner without excluding other romantic or sexual involvement
  • Open marriage: marital arrangement where partners agree that each may engage in extramarital sexual or romantic relationships
  • Polygamy: having multiple married partners
    • Polyandry: having multiple married male partners
    • Polygyny: having multiple married female partners
  • Promiscuity: having casual sexual partners at will (compare with chastity)
  • Relationship anarchy: having relationships that develop as an agreement between those involved, rather than according to predetermined rules or norms.
  • Shipping: followers of either real-life people or fictional characters to be in a romantic or sexual relationship
  • Love–hate relationship: intense simultaneous or alternating emotions of love and hate, a committed frenemy or sibling rivalry


  1. ^ Haviland, William A.; Prins, Harald E.L.; McBride, Bunny; Walrath, Dana (2011). Cultural Anthropology: The Human Challenge (13th ed.). Cengage Learning. ISBN 978-0495811787.
  2. ^ Debruge, Peter (October 13, 2017). "Film Review: 'Professor Marston and the Wonder Women'". Yahoo. Retrieved March 9, 2022.