incontinent

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Old French incontinent, from Latin incontinens, from in + continens.

Adjective[edit]

incontinent (comparative more incontinent, superlative most incontinent)

  1. (often followed by of) Unable to contain or retain.
  2. Plagued by incontinence; lacking the ability to restrain natural discharges or evacuations of urination or defecation.
  3. Lacking moral or sexual restraint, moderation or self-control, especially of sexual desire.
  4. Unrestrained or unceasing.
    an incontinent river of pure water
  5. (colloquial) Immediate; without delay.

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Adverb[edit]

incontinent (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) Immediately, forthwith.

Noun[edit]

incontinent (plural incontinents)

  1. (obsolete) One who is unchaste.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Ben Jonson to this entry?)

French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɛ̃.kɔ̃.ti.nɑ̃/

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle French incontinent, borrowed from Latin incontinens, incontinentem, from in + continens.

Adjective[edit]

incontinent (feminine singular incontinente, masculine plural incontinents, feminine plural incontinentes)

  1. (medicine) incontinent, suffering from incontinence, enuretic

Etymology 2[edit]

Borrowed from Latin in continenti.

Adverb[edit]

incontinent

  1. (now literary) forthwith, at once

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Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin incontinens, incontinentem, from in + continens.

Adjective[edit]

incontinent m (feminine singular incontinente, masculine plural incontinens, feminine plural incontinentes)

  1. incontinent (lacking restraint)

Adverb[edit]

incontinent

  1. immediately; straight away; right away

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Descendants[edit]

  • French: incontinent