World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Committed relationship

Article Id: WHEBN0009955624
Reproduction Date:

Title: Committed relationship  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Female promiscuity, Human sexuality, Group sex, Sexual partner, Human sexual activity
Collection: Interpersonal Relationships, Monogamy
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Committed relationship

A committed relationship is an interpersonal relationship based upon a mutually agreed-upon commitment to one another involving exclusivity, love, trust, honesty, openness, or some other agreed-upon behavior. Forms of committed relationships are: close friendship, courtship, long-term relationships (LTR), engagement, marriage, 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
  • commitment marriage: a non-legal marriage binding two people together with the use of a traditional wedding ring opposed to legal documents
  • marriage: a legal and spiritual binding between two people that stretches beyond the boundaries of a committed relationship.[1]
  • Female-led relationship: committed relationship where the principle partner is the woman and led by the woman; a matriarchal, female-centric, role-reversed relationship away from the former traditional patriarchal, male-centric relationship
  • 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.


  1. ^ Bell, Rob (2007). Sex God. Michigan: Zondervan. pp. 39–41.  

External links

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.