CELIBACY

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n. a vow voluntarily taken by a person to remain in the state of being unmarried and sexually abstinent. This is in consonance with the requirement of priesthood and the role of religious clergy. See chastity. Compare involuntary celibacy.

CELIBACY: "The vow of celibacy is for those who are ordained to holy orders, and yet it is fulfilled out of one's own willful choice."
Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "CELIBACY," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/celibacy/ (accessed January 24, 2022).
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