Committed relationship

A committed relationship is an interpersonal relationship based upon a mutually 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.

See also

  • monogamy: having a single long-term sexual partner
  • marriage: a legal and social binding between two people.[1]
  • sexual infidelity: having a sexual relationship without 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; polyamorous relationships may include both committed and casual relationships
  • 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.


  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.
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