continence

[ kon-tn-uhns ]
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noun
  1. self-restraint or abstinence, especially in regard to sexual activity; temperance; moderation.

  2. Physiology. the ability to voluntarily control urinary and fecal discharge.

Origin of continence

1
First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Latin word continentia.See continent, -ence
  • Also con·ti·nen·cy .

Other words from continence

  • non·con·ti·nence, noun
  • non·con·ti·nen·cy, noun
  • un·con·ti·nence, noun

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