continence

[kon-tn-uhns]
noun
1.
self-restraint or abstinence, especially in regard to sexual activity; temperance; moderation.
2.
Physiology. the ability to voluntarily control urinary and fecal discharge.
Also, continency.


Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin continentia. See continent, -ence

noncontinence, noun
noncontinency, noun
uncontinence, noun
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continent2 (ˈkɒntɪnənt)
 
adj
1.  able to control urination and defecation
2.  exercising self-restraint, esp from sexual activity; chaste
 
[C14: from Latin continent-, present participle of continēre; see contain]
 
'continence2
 
n
 
'continency2
 
n
 
'continently2
 
adv

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continence
mid-14c., "self-restraint," from Fr. continence (14c.), from L. continentia "a holding back, repression," from continent-, prp. stem of continere (see continent). Especially of sexual desire from late 14c.; of the body's eliminatory functions, from 1915. Related: Continency (mid-16c.).
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continence con·ti·nence (kŏn'tə-nəns)
n.

  1. Self-restraint; moderation.

  2. Voluntary control over urinary and fecal discharge.

  3. Partial or complete abstention from sexual activity.


con'ti·nent adj.
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They improve continence and have fewer adverse effects than short-acting forms.
They also fast much, eat no salt, and are bound to strict continence.
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