to be celibate is to choose not to engage in sexual behavior or express sexual desire with others or at all. Celibate people can and do experience sexual arousal and are actively deciding not to act on those feelings for a variety of reasons. Celibacy is distinct from asexuality in that celibacy is not a sexual identity; it is a choice, whereas asexuality is a form of sexual orientation in which people do not have and have never had feelings of sexual desire.

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