self-restraint or abstinence, especially in regard to sexual activity; temperance; moderation.
Physiology. the ability to voluntarily control urinary and fecal discharge.
Also, continency.

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

noncontinence, noun
noncontinency, noun
uncontinence, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To continency
World English Dictionary
continent2 (ˈkɒntɪnənt)
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]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

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.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Medical Dictionary

continence con·ti·nence (kŏn'tə-nəns)

  1. Self-restraint; moderation.

  2. Voluntary control over urinary and fecal discharge.

  3. Partial or complete abstention from sexual activity.

con'ti·nent adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
Example sentences
They are said to have lived in perpetual continency.
But if they have not continency, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.
Continuity of business and continency plans are being developed.
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature