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incontinent

[in-kon-tn-uh nt] /ɪnˈkɒn tn ənt/
adjective
1.
unable to restrain natural discharges or evacuations of urine or feces.
2.
unable to contain or retain (usually followed by of):
incontinent of temper.
3.
lacking in moderation or self-control, especially of sexual desire.
4.
unceasing or unrestrained:
an incontinent flow of talk.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin incontinent- (stem of incontinēns). See in-3, continent (adj.)
Related forms
incontinence, incontinency, noun
Can be confused
incontinent, inconsistent (see synonym study at inconsistent)
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  • Prior thereto, the incontinency of some of the inmates prevented the use of regular mattresses.
British Dictionary definitions for incontinency

incontinent1

/ɪnˈkɒntɪnənt/
adjective
1.
lacking in restraint or control, esp sexually
2.
relating to or exhibiting involuntary urination or defecation
3.
(foll by of) having little or no control (over)
4.
unrestrained; uncontrolled
Derived Forms
incontinence, incontinency, noun
incontinently, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Latin incontinens, from in-1 + continere to hold, restrain

incontinent2

/ɪnˈkɒntɪnənt/
adverb
1.
obsolete words for immediately
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin in continentī tempore, literally: in continuous time, that is, with no interval
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Word Origin and History for incontinency
n.

early 15c., "unchastity;" see incontinent + -cy.

incontinent

adj.

late 14c., "wanting in self restraint," from Old French incontinent, from Latin incontinentem (nominative incontinens) "incontinent, immoderate, intemperate," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + continens (see continent). Originally chiefly of sexual appetites; sense of "unable to control bowels or bladder" first attested 1828.

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incontinency in Medicine

incontinent in·con·ti·nent (ĭn-kŏn'tə-nənt)
adj.

  1. Lacking normal voluntary control of excretory functions.

  2. Lacking sexual restraint; unchaste.

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