What does celibacy mean?

Definitions for celibacy
ˈsɛl ə bə siceliba·cy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. celibacy(noun)

    an unmarried status

  2. chastity, celibacy, sexual abstention(noun)

    abstaining from sexual relations (as because of religious vows)


  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

  2. Origin: [See Celibate, n.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Celibacy

    sel′i-bas-i, or se-lib′as-i, n. a single life: an unmarried state.—adjs. Celibatā′rian, favouring celibacy; Cel′ibate, living single.—n. one unmarried, or not allowed to marry. [L. cœlebs, single.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of celibacy in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of celibacy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of celibacy in a Sentence

  1. Guy Goden:

    Celibacy is not hereditary.

  2. Pope Francis:

    Personally I think that celibacy is a gift to the Church. I am not in agreement (with those who say) optional celibacy should be permitted.

  3. Digambar Kedar Giri:

    One has to live a life of celibacy for six years. After that the person is given the title of a great man and 12 years after that he is made a Naga.

  4. Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston:

    The Church needs a strong and comprehensive policy to address bishops' violations of the vows of celibacy in cases of the criminal abuse of minors and in cases involving adults.

  5. Anuj Somany:

    The celibacy of a man keeps his body healthy for it helps to keep filthy thoughts out of his head and as every sensible person knows that the well-being resides in the mind only.

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