continence

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Dated from the 14th century; borrowed from Old French continence, from Latin continentia (a repression). See also countenance.

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continence (usually uncountable, plural continences)

  1. (urology) The voluntary control of urination and defecation.
  2. Moderation or self-restraint, especially in sexual activity; abstinence.
    • For quotations of use of this term, see Citations:continence.
    • (Can we date this quote by Dryden and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      He knew what to say; he knew also, when to leave off, — a continence which is practiced by few writers.
    • (Can we date this quote by Jeremy Taylor and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Chastity is either abstinence or continence: abstinence is that of virgins or widows; continence, that of married persons.
  3. Uninterrupted course; continuity.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Ayliffe to this entry?)

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  • continence” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2020.
  • continence in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
  • continence at OneLook Dictionary Search

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continence f (plural continences)

  1. continence