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What do you call the state of being single, without a significant other?

  • Singlehood?
  • Singleness?
  • Singledom?
  • Solity?

I don't like the single+suffix varieties.

Notes:

  1. I want something equality applicable to both men and women, and LGBTQWhatever, so no 'bachelor'-based stuff.
  2. I do not want imply that the norm is to be married, or that people should get married (or should stay un-married).
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general reference - a question for a thesaurus –  EnergyNumbers Mar 20 '13 at 8:17
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Changing your criteria after every answer is counter-productive. -1 and voting to close as NARQ. –  coleopterist Mar 20 '13 at 12:45
    
being single is being unmarried, so you have answered your own question I think –  Łukasz 웃 L ツ Mar 20 '13 at 12:54
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Given the state of my love life, one might say I have singularity. –  Matt Эллен Mar 20 '13 at 13:19
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Unattached. See english.stackexchange.com/questions/106460/…. Given the difficulty people had with that one, I'm surprised this is considered general reference. –  Jim Mar 24 '13 at 18:31
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And it's spinster for a woman. Another more casual word used lately is singleton.

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So, what would be the noun form? Singlety? Singletone-ness? –  einpoklum Mar 20 '13 at 8:51
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If someone has a partner, then they’re taken. I suppose then that someone without a partner would then be not taken or available. That does assume that they’re in the partnership market, though.

One might also consider solitaire as a noun, meaning a solitary person, one who lives life alone.

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'available' is not specific enough. You could be available for hire, for example. Also, I might be with a partner and available at the same time. (PS I don't like the market metaphor, but that's not relevant to your answer...) –  einpoklum Mar 20 '13 at 12:25
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A couple of promising gender-neutral candidates are:

  • Unweddedness:

    From The Manly Art: bare-knuckle prize fighting in America by Elliott J. Gorn (2012):

    In some large cities unweddedness was so common that at mid-century, 40 percent of the men between twenty-five and thirty-five years of age were single. Irish immigrants contributed to this tendency, bringing a tradition of late marriage and ...

  • Spouselessness:

    From The Economist, Volume 382 (2007):

    Single gay diplomats are no longer disadvantaged by spouselessness. But those wanting to take their legally recognised partners with them face a lottery. The Netherlands gives same-sex partners full diplomatic privileges. America ...

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'Unweddendness' implies the normal/general state of an individual is in wedlock... which, historically, may have been the case, but it's not like that for my demographic and where I live. 'Spouselessness' is better, but it's an unwieldy tongue-twister... –  einpoklum Mar 20 '13 at 12:06
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Celibacy, in one of its senses, is defined as the state of being unmarried or single.

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etymology please? –  einpoklum Mar 20 '13 at 12:05
    
@einpoklum From latin celebs which comes from a (supposed) greek term koi-leipes which means lacking of marriage bed. –  Bakuriu Mar 20 '13 at 13:04
    
I'm beginning to like your option, even though it means we have to educate people around the world to rethink the semantic relative to what they're used to... –  einpoklum Mar 20 '13 at 13:21
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