Nuclear Family

Topics: Marriage, Monogamy, HarperCollins Pages: 2 (267 words) Published: February 5, 2013
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mo·nog·a·my  (m-ng-m) n. 1. The practice or condition of having a single sexual partner during a period of time.2. a. The practice or condition of being married to only one person at a time.b. The practice of marrying only once in a lifetime.3. Zoology The condition of having only one mate during a breeding season or during the breeding life of a pair.mo·noga·mist n.mo·noga·mous adj.mo·noga·mous·ly adv.| The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved. Ads by Google

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monogamy [mɒˈnɒgəmɪ]
n
1. (Sociology) the state or practice of having only one husband or wife over a period of time Compare bigamy, polygamy [1] digamy 2. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Zoology) Zoology the practice of having only one mate [via French from Late Latin monogamia, from Greek; see mono- + -gamy] monogamous  adj

monogamously  adv
monogamousness  n
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monogamy
the custom of marriage to one wife or one husband at a time. — monogamous, adj. See also: Marriage
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