Fidelity is enduring, reliable faithfulness to a person, nation-state, principle, value, or tradition. Those who are mutually faithful consider themselves to be in a reciprocal, symbiotic relationship. In return for their fidelity, the faithful typically expect and receive praise, subsistence, acceptance, inclusion, security, validation, intimacy, companionship, advancement, or other benefit. Dogs, spouses, believers, soldiers, and employees provide and receive tangible and intangible benefits, and are expected to be faithful. However, faithfulness is not necessarily reciprocated by the object of devotion.
Distractions and temptations test fidelity and trust. The bonds of fidelity may bend, but if strong and true, they will not break.