continence

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Dated from the 14th century as Middle English contynence, from Old French continence, from Latin continentia (a repression). See also countenance.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈkɒntɪnəns/
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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.
  3. Uninterrupted course; continuity.
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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin continentia.

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continence f (plural continences)

  1. continence

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