Definition of Celibacy
(noun) The intentional absence of sexual activities.
Example of Celibacy
- Chastity before marriage.
- American English – /sEl-uh-buh-see/
- British English – /sE-li-buh-see/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˈsɛləbəsi/
- British English – /ˈsɛlɪbəsi/
- Plural: celibacies
- Celibacy can be both voluntary and involuntary. When it is involuntary it is called incel.
- Celibacy historically referred to being unmarried.
- Sex and Gender Resources – Books, Journals, and Helpful Links
- Word origin of “celibacy” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
Crooks, Robert, and Karla Baur. 2014. Our Sexuality. 12th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.
Oxford University Press. (N.d.) Oxford Dictionaries. (https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/).
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “celibacy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 2, 2022 (https://sociologydictionary.org/celibacy/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
celibacy. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/celibacy/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “celibacy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 2, 2022. https://sociologydictionary.org/celibacy/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“celibacy.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 2 Oct. 2022. <https://sociologydictionary.org/celibacy/>.