- self-restraint or abstinence, especially in regard to sexual activity; temperance; moderation.
- Physiology. the ability to voluntarily control urinary and fecal discharge.
Origin of continence
Examples from the Web for continency
Ay, but by your own virtue and continency that matter of fact is all his own doing.The Comedies of William Congreve
The public morals are insecure till the family is chastely planted, the state guarded by the continency of its male members.Tablets
Amos Bronson Alcott
Verily Thou enjoinest me continency from the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the ambition of the world.
By continency verily are we bound up and brought back into One, whence we were dissipated into many.
It is difficult to believe that the free men deprived of women were all gifted with the virtue of continency.
Word Origin and History for continency
late 14c., "self-restraint," from Old French continence (14c.), from Latin continentia "a holding back, repression," from continent-, present participle stem of continere (see continent). Especially of sexual desire from late 14c.; of the body's eliminatory functions, from 1915. Related: Continency.
- Self-restraint; moderation.
- Voluntary control over urinary and fecal discharge.
- Partial or complete abstention from sexual activity.