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Marriage laws

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Marriage laws  (MARRIAGE laws)

Marriage laws1 or marriage customs2 differ in different societies. A society in which each person may be married to only one person of the opposite sex at a time is called monogamous3. Societies in which a person may be married to several persons simultaneously are called polygamous4. A distinction is made between polyandrous5 societies, where a woman may have several husbands, and polygynous6 societies, where a man may have several wives. The term "polygamy" is frequently used in the sense of polygyny.

  • 3. monogamous adj. — monogamy n.
  • 4. polygamous adj. — polygamy n.
  • 5. polyandrous adj. — polyandry n. 6. polygynous adj. — polygyny n.