EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun a person who abstains from sexual relations. a person who remains unmarried, especially for religious reasons. adjective observing or pertaining to sexual abstention or a religious vow not to marry. not married. Origin of celibate 1605–15;
) unmarried +
-ate 1 Related forms non·cel·i·bate, adjective un·cel·i·bate, adjective
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Examples from the Web for non-celibate Historical Examples of non-celibate British Dictionary definitions for non-celibate noun a person who is unmarried, esp one who has taken a religious vow of chastity adjective unmarried, esp by vow abstaining from sexual intercourse Derived Forms celibacy, noun Word Origin for celibate
C17: from Latin
caelibātus, from caelebs unmarried, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for non-celibate n.
1610s, "state of celibacy" (especially as mandated to clergy in the Catholic church) from French
célibat (16c.), from Latin caelibatus (see celibacy). This was the only sense until earl 19c. The adjective meaning "unmarried, sworn to remain single" is recorded from 1825. As a noun, one who is sworn to such a condition, from 1838.
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