un continence


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
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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)

  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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