- 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
Related Words for continencetemperance, sobriety, abstinence, abstemiousness, celibacy, forbearance, moderation, virtue, self-control, chastity, asceticism, refraining
Examples from the Web for continence
Historical Examples of continence
A woman's virtue is her continence, and a man's virtues are truthfulness and courage.Despair's Last Journey
David Christie Murray
This very laudation of continence is itself an emphasis upon sex.Visions and Revisions
John Cowper Powys
That continence and celibacy were wrong, as leading to the worst scandals; 3.Historical Sketches, Volume I (of 3)
John Henry Newman
She bore her husband five children at once and then took a vow of continence.Woman under Monasticism
The Method of Continence, with the argument for and against the same.Private Sex Advice to Women
R. B. Armitage
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.