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. 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

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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): /ɛ̃kɔ̃tinɑ̃/

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]

Borrowing 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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