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consensual non-monogamy

The act of a couple choosing to have an open, non-exclusive romantic or sexual relationships; this may be polyamory or swinging, for example. That is, a situation in which both partners agree that one or both of them may partake in sexual or romantic relationships outside of their relationship.

This is different to cheating or adultery, where one partner is unaware of what is happening and believes they are in an exclusive relationship.

Originally published: 30th January, 2021
Last modified: 30th January, 2021