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[in-kon-tn-uh nt-lee] /ɪnˈkɒn tn ənt li/
without exercising continence.
Origin of incontinently1
First recorded in 1545-55; incontinent + -ly


[in-kon-tn-uh nt-lee] /ɪnˈkɒn tn ənt li/
adverb, Archaic.
immediately; at once; straightaway.
1475-85; late Middle English incontinent, in same sense (< Middle French < Late Latin in continentī (tempore) in continuous (time), i.e., without pause; see continent) + -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for incontinently
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  • He did not flee from it incontinently, as one might have expected him to do.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • He caught her arm and dragged her incontinently toward the door.

    Mountain Blood Joseph Hergesheimer
  • The culprit was hauled, incontinently, dolefully wailing, to bed.

    Mountain Blood Joseph Hergesheimer
  • One had it that he had quarrelled with Coach Robey and been incontinently "fired."

    Left Guard Gilbert Ralph Henry Barbour
  • For an instant he wanted to get at, and incontinently brain, those other people.

  • Why then, in the name of Orpheus, did he not set about it incontinently?

  • As he did so, he groaned heavily, and incontinently fainted.

    A Mating in the Wilds Ottwell Binns
  • incontinently the mother of Ippegoo plunged head first into the tunnel.

    Red Rooney R.M. Ballantyne
  • incontinently; immediately, as if unable to restrain himself.

    Letters of Samuel Rutherford Samuel Rutherford
  • incontinently he fled to the smoking-room and ran into the arms of Godfrey Hazen.

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Word Origin and History for incontinently

early 15c., "immediately, without delay," from incontinent + -ly (2). In reference to physical looseness, from 1550s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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