Celibacy is a personal commitment to avoiding sexual relations, in particular a vow from marriage
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. Typically celibacy involves avoiding all romantic relationships of any kind. An individual may choose celibacy for religious reasons, such as is the case for priest
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s in some religions, for reasons of personal development and self-discovery, or for many other reasons. Historically many cultures have venerated celibacy in certain individuals seeing the commitment as a form of discipline to be admired.

Though the term celibacy can sometimes be used to refer simply to being unmarried, this usage is not common today.
The English word celibacy derives from the Latin , meaning "unmarried".