Definitions for celibacyˈsɛl ə bə si

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cel•i•ba•cyˈsɛl ə bə si(n.)

  1. abstention from sexual relations.

  2. abstention by vow from marriage.

  3. the state of being unmarried.

Origin of celibacy:

1655–65; < L caelib(ātus) celibacy (caelib-, s. of caelebs single +-ātus -ate3) + -acy

cel`i•bat′ic-ˈbæt ɪk(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. celibacy(noun)

    an unmarried status

  2. chastity, celibacy, sexual abstention(noun)

    abstaining from sexual relations (as because of religious vows)

Wiktionary

  1. celibacy(Noun)

    Abstaining from marriage; the state of being unmarried.

  2. celibacy(Noun)

    Abstaining from sexual relations.

  3. Origin: From Latin caelibatus, perfect passive participle of caelibare, from caelebs.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Celibacy(noun)

    the state of being unmarried; single life, esp. that of a bachelor, or of one bound by vows not to marry

Freebase

  1. Celibacy

    Celibacy refers to a state of being unmarried and sexually abstinent, usually in association with the role of a religious official or devotee. In its narrow sense, the term is applied only to those for whom the unmarried state is the result of a sacred vow, act of renunciation, or religious conviction. Celibacy has existed in one form or another throughout history and in virtually all the major religions of the world. Celibacy is distinct from the lack of interest in sex, which may be due to a number of reasons, such as asexuality.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

celibacy(noun)

the state of being unmarried or of refraining from sexual intercourse, especially in obedience to religious vows.

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