celibacy

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noun cel·i·ba·cy \ˈse-lə-bə-sē\

Definition of celibacy

  1. 1 :  the state of not being married

  2. 2a :  abstention from sexual intercourseb :  abstention by vow from marriage priestly celibacy

Examples of celibacy in a sentence

  1. a widower who has maintained absolute celibacy since the death of his wife

Origin and Etymology of celibacy

see celibate


First Known Use: 1646



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