(Latin: unmarried; vow not to marry; chaste, morally pure in thought and conduct; that which is considered to be decent and virtuous behavior)
David decided that he could not live a life of celibacy and so he left the priesthood so he could marry the woman he loved.2. Erotic or sensual abstinence or the practice of chastity for religious reasons or as a personal choice: Eve and Adam agreed that they would continue their relationship in celibacy until they are married and become husband and wife.
The celibacy of religious clergy has existed for many centuries.
Celibacy can be involuntary; such as, in a prison where celibacy is supposed to be enforced.
Members of various religious orders must take vows of celibacy; and, occasionally, spinsters or bachelors may be "celibates" because no one feels inclined to accept them as romantic or marriage partners.3. Etymology: from Latin caelibatus, "situation of being unmarried"; from caelebs, "unmarried".
Ted's wife chose to live a celibate life after he died. 2. Descriptive of anyone who abstains from doing anything that is immoral or wrong and who is honest and exhibits goodness and correctness of character and behavior: Christians certainly are expected to live moral or celibate lives and so they get married, may have legitimate children, and are examples of those who who live by Christian principles that express what is just, honest, and honorable.
After her fiancé was killed in an automobile accident, Susan vowed to remain a celibate for the rest of her life.2. Anyone who is totally lacking in romantic attachments to any members of the opposite gender or even those of the same gender: The hermit lived as a celibate, isolated from contact with other people and living totally alone on a small island.
There are some adults, for one reason or another, who figure that the disadvantages of marriage outweigh the advantages and so they are celibates, in that they never marry; however, those who live with someone of the opposite or the same gender without marrying, do not necessarily live as celibates.
Although the primary meaning of celibate is "unmarried", no one should with any logical basis refer to a single man or woman as being a celibate simply because he or she has made no legal marital commitments.
Only that adult who persistently avoids, or is denied, all romantic encounters with the opposite, or the same, gender may be called a celibate.4. Etymology: from Latin caelibatus, from caelebs, caelib-, "unmarried".
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A feature of a Catholic celibate marriage, or Josephite marriage, is the agreement to abstain from participating in intimate activities as a mutual decision.
Sometimes, celibate marriages, or "spiritual marriages", may also take place later in life after raising a family so the couple can fully dedicate themselves to serving the humanitarian objectives of their church.
2. A reference to being unmarried: There are some people who choose to remain celibatic individuals because they have objectives in life that they feel would be hampered by marriage and the responsibilities that they might have for any children who might result from such a relationship.