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 Dictionary entry overview: What does celibacy mean? 

  The noun CELIBACY has 2 senses:

1. an unmarried status
2. abstaining from sexual relations (as because of religious vows)

  Familiarity information: CELIBACY used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1celibacy [BACK TO TOP]


An unmarried status

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Hypernyms ("celibacy" is a kind of...):

condition; status (a state at a particular time)

Sense 2celibacy [BACK TO TOP]


Abstaining from sexual relations (as because of religious vows)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


chastity; sexual abstention; celibacy

Hypernyms ("celibacy" is a kind of...):

abstinence (act or practice of refraining from indulging an appetite)

Domain category:

faith; religion; religious belief (a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny)

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