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From (deprecated template usage) [etyl] Latin caelibatus (celibacy, a single life), perfect passive participle of caelibare, from caelebs (unmarried).


  • IPA(key): /ˈsɛləbəsi/
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celibacy (countable and uncountable, plural celibacies)

  1. Abstaining from marriage; the state of being unmarried.
    • 1920, American Lutheran Survey[1], volume 13-14, page 16:
      They came to believe that men, who would live a godly life, must view marriage as a sin and choose a life of celibacy.
    • 1970, The Futurist[2], page 42:
      I could document this defense of celibacy. Unmarried women show up very well in all the tests of mental health.
  2. (by extension) Abstinence from sexual relations.


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